ERIC Number: ED381017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-13
A History of Commitment in CALL.
The evolution of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) is examined, focusing on what has changed and what has not changed much during that time. A variety of changes are noted: the development of multimedia capabilities, color, animation, and technical improvement of audio and video quality; availability of databases, better fit between computer "tools" and instruction; emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, and reading to support and enable instruction rather than as the content of instruction; improved techniques for drills and tutorials; and packaging of instruction. Some elements of CALL that have either not changed much or have come full circle are the challenge of engaging teachers in the technology, costs of advancing technology, and resulting problems in access to the technology. (MSE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Costs, Educational Change, Educational History, Information Technology, Instructional Design, Instructional Materials, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a conference on Computers in Applied Linguistics (Ames, IA, July 13, 1994).