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Engaging Language Learners through CALL

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Engaging Language Learners through CALL provides an updated overview of the field of computer-assisted language learning beginning with one chapter on the intersection of second language acquisition (SLA) research and CALL and another on online and hybrid language courses. The next eight chapters focus on the use of CALL for specific language skills or other learning goals and the volume concludes with a discussion of ways to evaluate courseware and apps. Each chapter contains preview questions, an overview of the most relevant and recent research, implications for teaching, assessment options, questions for reflection, case studies, and ideas for action research.

While the fundamental lens for this volume is informed practice based on key theories and research, there are several themes that run throughout the chapters, including how technology creates unique learning opportunities and its ability to overcome constraints of time, space, and interlocutors, how CALL can facilitate the integration of applications originally developed for other purposes, and the high level of autonomous and student-centered activities that CALL provides. As these themes demonstrate, CALL provides an array of affordances and sometimes, challenges. It is our hope that this volume will continue to support readers in implementing a research-based CALL pedagogy and updating their practices as technology and research findings develop.

Published: Feb 21, 2019

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Introduction Nike Arnold, Lara Ducate
Chapter 1
SLA Theories and Practices in CALL Bonnie Youngs
Chapter 2
Normalizing Online Learning: Adapting to a Changing World of Language Teaching Senta Goertler
Chapter 3
Culture and CALL Sarah Guth, Francesca Helm
Chapter 4
Technology-enhanced Listening: How does it Look and What can we Expect? Maribel Montero Perez
Chapter 5
CALL and L2 Reading: Current Research and Application Alan Taylor
Chapter 6
Digital Literacies as Emergent Multifarious Repertoires Jonathon Reinhardt, Steven Thorne
Chapter 7
Writing between the Lines: Acquiring Writing Skills and Digital Literacies through Social Tools Idoia Elola, Ana Oskoz
Chapter 8
Interpersonal Communication in Intracultural CMC Zsuzsanna Abrams
Chapter 9
Targeting Pronounciation (and Perception) with Technology Mary O'Brien
Chapter 10
Communities: Exploring Digital Games and Social Networking Julie Sykes, Christopher Holden, Stephanie Knight
Chapter 11
Evaluation of Courseware/Tutorial Apps and Online Resource Websites Philip Hubbard
End Matter
Index Nike Arnold, Lara Ducate