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Sun, Yu-Chih – CALICO Journal, 2012
Educational blogs have drawn the growing interest of researchers and language teachers due to the user-friendly interfaces as well as the powerful archiving features. The purpose of the current study is two-fold: (1) to examine the effectiveness of extensive speaking practice on speaking performance in voice blogs, and (2) to examine learners'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Web Sites, Speech Communication, Electronic Publishing
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Wood, Peter – CALICO Journal, 2011
"QuickAssist," the program presented in this paper, uses natural language processing (NLP) technologies. It places a range of NLP tools at the disposal of learners, intended to enable them to independently read and comprehend a German text of their choice while they extend their vocabulary, learn about different uses of particular words,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, German, Natural Language Processing
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Allard, Daniele; Bourdeau, Jacqueline; Mizoguchi, Riichiro – CALICO Journal, 2011
This paper addresses the problem of cultural and native language interference in second/foreign language acquisition. More specifically, it examines issues of interference that can be traced to a student's native language and that also have a cultural component. To this effect, an understanding of what actually comprises both interference and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Interference (Language), Cultural Influences