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ERIC Number: EJ899482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0379-0037
Bridging the Gap between ESL and EFL: Using Computer Assisted Language Learning as a Medium
Al-Hashash, Saad
Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, v33 n1 p5-38 Jan-Jun 2007
Many researchers have investigated several aspects of using Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) applications and presented many advantages for using CALL in TESL setting (i.e. where English is taught as a second language). In this paper, the author aims to illustrate how CALL applications would improve substantially the process of teaching English as a foreign language. Therefore, this paper aims to achieve two main objectives: first, to investigate how CALL applications may contribute to bridging the gap between ESL and EFL setting. Practical examples of CALL programs are given, and the benefits of using such programs are discussed with reference to their theoretical linkage to Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Second, the paper aims to examine other possibilities that CALL applications may bring to enhance EFL curriculum, and allow for more involvement with the cultural aspects of the target language such as: time of exposure to the target language (English), real communicative tasks such as: email correspondence, chatting, e-learning, and life conversations, and other language learning services provided via the Internet. The author discusses two main categories of CALL applications: (1) "CALL Interactive software"; and (2) "the Internet."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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