ERIC Number: EJ865424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
The Use of Technology for Second Language Distance Learning
Blake, Robert J.
Modern Language Journal, v93 ns1 p822-835 Dec 2009
This article describes distance learning (DL) for languages within the context of recent advances and research findings in computer-assisted language learning (CALL). In addition to reviewing the different DL modalities, theoretical underpinnings, and the most appropriate technological applications to second language learning, the issues of conducting DL research and training faculty to work with this new learning environment will be examined. Garrett's (1991) overview of an earlier state of the CALL field serves as the background for judging how far the field has come, especially with respect to the pedagogical challenges, which have not changed drastically since the 1990s. A key consideration is the notion of interactivity, which is analyzed in depth with relation to both tutorial CALL and social computing.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Second Language Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Learning, Educational Technology, Trend Analysis, Educational Trends, Computer Mediated Communication
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