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ERIC Number: EJ780859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 34
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 227
ISSN: ISSN-0958-8221
How Do We Know What Students Are Actually Doing? Monitoring Students' Behavior in CALL
Fischer, Robert
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v20 n5 p409-442 Dec 2007
This article presents a survey of computer-based tracking in CALL and the uses to which the analysis of tracking data can be put to address questions in CALL in particular and second language acquisition (SLA) in general. Adopting both quantitative and qualitative methods, researchers have found that students often use software in unexpected ways, a finding which has consequences for the notion of learner autonomy and underscores the need for learner training. In addition, researchers, especially those in computer-mediated communication (CMC), have demonstrated the operation of fundamental SLA principles and also extended our understanding of those principles. Finally, comparison of students' actual use of software and their self-reported use of software reveals the danger of over reliance on self-report data. Although logistically challenging and potentially time-consuming, analysis of tracking data goes a long way in putting CALL on solid empirical footing. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables and 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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