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ERIC Number: ED284449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 34
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Reference Count: 0
Research on CALL.
Pederson, Kathleen Marshall
The status of research on computer-assisted language learning (CALL) is explored beginning with a historical perspective of research on the language laboratory, followed by analyses of applied research on CALL. A theoretical base is provided to illustrate the need for more basic research on CALL that considers computer capabilities, learner differences, and learning tasks in concert. Basic research in CALL is also evaluated. CALL research must be conducted vigorously with the research design taking into account several factors specific to each research study. This paper concludes by stating that research design chosen for these studies should take into account the following factors: (1) the research should be cost effective; (2) the argument that comparative research that attempts to illustrate the superiority of computers over other mediums for delivering language instruction should forever be abandoned; and (3) encouragement should be given to evaluative research using CALL software that may be widely adopted and may enjoy an extended use over time. (CB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Note: In: Smith, William Flint, Ed. Modern Media in Foreign Language Education: Theory and Implementation. The ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series; see FL 016 850.