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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 2014
Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) has existed now for nearly two decades with its application to foreign language instruction chronicled in some 340 implementation studies. For several years already, proponents have claimed that MALL is commonplace in foreign language instruction. In reality, with few exceptions, published studies of MALL…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Learning, Language Skills, Integrated Curriculum
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 2014
Despite the large number of published articles dealing with Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) applications over the past two decades, very few relate to the curricular integration of mobile technologies beyond initial projects. This situation raises a primary research question as to whether or not MALL implementation publications reflect…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Handheld Devices, Language Acquisition, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 2005
The dubbing of muted video clips offers an excellent opportunity to develop the skills of foreign language learners at all linguistic levels. In addition to its motivational value, soundtrack dubbing provides a rich source of activities in all language skill areas: listening, reading, writing, speaking. With advanced students, it also lends itself…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Second Language Instruction, Audio Equipment, Cooperative Learning
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 2003
Provides guidance on making decisions regarding the selection of foreign language instructional software. Identifies sources of foreign language software, indicates sources of foreign language software reviews, and outlines essential procedures of software evaluation. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Software Evaluation, Instructional Materials
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 2003
Focuses on the assessment of the effects of instructional technology (IT) on the foreign language curriculum. Offers a general overview of the evaluation of IT and seeks to provide a clearer understanding of the evaluation parameters that need to be taken into consideration when establishing the infrastructure for the on-going assessment of IT.…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Material Evaluation
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 2001
Describes theoretical and practical considerations related to the provision of feedback in the written compositions of advanced foreign language learners of French. Discusses the approach taken to teaching and assessing writing skills of students and considers how using a computer-based composition annotation program can contribute to reduction of…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, College Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Error Correction
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 2001
Reports on a study of grammar checker usage that surveys the steps taken to successfully integrate it into the curriculum of an advanced level French course. Identifies the pedagogical limits of computer-based grammar checking, explores practical applications, measures short- and long-term effectiveness, and considers the role of self monitoring…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Error Correction
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 1998
Describes the challenges faced and solutions adopted in adapting the multimedia-rich "Varietes de francais" CD-ROM program to operate on the World Wide Web. The program runs locally to retrieve media resources, perform intelligent answer processing and data collection, and turns to the Web only when necessary for data transfer, external Web links,…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Courseware
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 1993
Most currently available computer-assisted language learning offerings fall into three categories: instructional, collaborative, and facilitative. Each is described and cost-effective approaches to using them are noted. (Contains two references.) (LB)
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programming), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computers
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 1989
Substantial institutional support is necessary for computer assisted language learning (CALL) research and development that strongly involves language teaching specialists. Much greater author control is needed over several aspects of typical drill-and-practice tutorial CALL to create more sophisticated programs with more flexible feedback…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Feedback, Language Teachers
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Burston, Jack; Monville-Burston, Monique – CALICO Journal, 1995
Describes the academic context in which the "French CAT" was created and trialed and gives a detailed consideration of the test presentation platform and operating algorithms. Finally, the article evaluates the first administration of the test and discusses its reliability and validity as a placement instrument for first-year Australian…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Algorithms, College Students, Computer Assisted Testing
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 1996
Four grammar checkers, all of French Canadian origin, were evaluated: "Le Correcteur 101,""GramR,""Hugo Plus," and "French Proofing Tools." Results indicate that "Le Correcteur 101" is the best French grammar checker on the market and worth its premium cost. (two references) (CK)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Error Analysis (Language), Error Correction