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ERIC Number: ED574604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
QuickAssist: Reading and Learning Vocabulary Independently with the Help of CALL and NLP Technologies
Wood, Peter
Independent learning is a buzz word that is often used in connection with computer technologies applied to the area of foreign language instruction. This chapter takes a critical look at some of the stereotypes that exist with regard to computer-assisted language learning (CALL) as a money saver and an easy way to create an "independent" learning environment. It will also look at what currently available tutorial CALL is able to offer and at how to assess users' independence in this environment. The chapter establishes a working definition of learner independence and shows that tutorial CALL is currently only able to help learners become independent to a limited extent. A paradigm shift in language teaching aimed at promoting learner independence necessitates a shift in the design of dedicated CALL software. As an example of how natural language processing (NLP) technologies can be used to promote independent language learning at an advanced stage, the paper briefly presents QuickAssist, an application which enables learners to work with a German text of their choice using a set of NLP tools, and reports on some findings of a user study. [For the complete volume, "Second Language Teaching and Learning with Technology: Views of Emergent Researchers," see ED574599.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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