Finding a place for Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

It is the goal of any great teacher to design a course that will best fit the needs and interests of their students, while giving students the best possible methods for continued, life-long learning outside the classroom. In a modern context, this vision of a "best possible" classroom, one that equips students to apply authentic learning experiences to their own lives, requires a careful consideration of modern technologies that are specifically designed to make language learning accessible and relevant to our present technological context. With all this in mind, it stands to reason that computers and computer software that approaches language learning in new, innovative ways, should have a presence within the language course. In her Introduction to CALL, Joy Egbert reminds us that technology should assist learners in a variety of ways, and that it is the aim of Computer Assisted Language Learning to enhance and assist in language acquisition (Egbert, 2005). As progress continues to offer cutting-edge technology to teacher's syllabi, we should remember to use these tools of the classroom to encourage life-long learning in a modern, computer-inspired context.

It is the intent of this website to highlight CALL resources, provide tips and innovations within the field of Computer Assisted Learning through postings to the
CALL in the ELL Classroom Blogger site, and suggest future additions to ELL lessons that are augmented by the opportunities of computer technology.

(Image courtesy of Boyeon Kim, May 2011. Clip Art from Microsoft Word 2007.)
Site references:
St. Michael's GSL520/GED565: Computer Assisted Language Learning Online Bauer-Ramazani, Christine.
St. Michael's College (Home Page)
Egbert, Judith (2005).  CALL Essentials: Principles and Practice in CALL Classrooms.  Chapter 1: Introduction--Principles of CALL.
S. Lubold    Created 20 May, 2011.    Last Updated 16 June, 2011.


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