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Walker, Nicholas R.; Trofimovich, Pavel; Cedergren, Henrietta; Gatbonton, Elizabeth – CALICO Journal, 2011
For many patients throughout the world, access to healthcare depends on the patients" and healthcare providers' ability to communicate efficiently in each other's language. One way to reduce linguistic barriers to healthcare access is to increase the number of linguistically and culturally competent healthcare professionals. Conspicuously…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Feedback (Response), Nurses, Patients
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Thomson, Ron I. – CALICO Journal, 2011
This paper first provides an overview of factors that constrain ultimate attainment in adult second language (L2) pronunciation, finding that first language influence and the quantity and quality of L2 phonetic input account for much of the variation in the degree of foreign accent found across adult L2 learners. The author then evaluates current…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Vowels, Computer Assisted Instruction, Mandarin Chinese
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Aliweh, Ahmed Mahmoud – CALICO Journal, 2011
Due to the increasing demand on the incorporation of web-based materials into Egyptian higher educational institutions, this study examined students' learning styles, satisfaction with online learning, and the relationships between these two variables and students' gender. The study was conducted on 51 EFL college students (24 males and 27…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Cognitive Style, Schools, Web Based Instruction
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Oberg, Andrew – CALICO Journal, 2011
In this study, two study methods for the support of acquisition and retention of 10 vocabulary items were compared; one method used representative picture cards and the other a CALL interface. Seventy-one first-year Japanese university students comprising two classes participated in the study. The students studied a practice set of 10 vocabulary…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Scores, Vocabulary Development, Instructional Effectiveness
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Cheng, Rui – CALICO Journal, 2010
Learning to perform academic writing in university content classrooms is a major challenge facing nonnative-English-speaker (NNS) students. Computer-mediated communication (CMC) offers new possibilities for bidirectional peer-to-peer scaffolding in which students interact and negotiate meaning concerning academic writing and thus represents a new…
Descriptors: Citations (References), Academic Discourse, Assignments, Graduate Students
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Uzum, Baburhan – CALICO Journal, 2010
Computer technology improves the process of SLA by providing access to an ample amount of input within a communicative context in which participants can engage in synchronous and asynchronous conversations (Payne & Whitney, 2002; Sykes, 2005). This research project aims to investigate the role of alignment in learning a second language within the…
Descriptors: Interaction, Learning Theories, College Students, Second Language Learning
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Heift, Trude – CALICO Journal, 2010
This article discusses the development and functionalities of an intelligent computer-assisted language learning (ICALL) system. By way of example, we describe "E-Tutor", an ICALL system for L2 learners of German that has been in use for a decade. Based on advancements in technology, user studies with L2 learners of German as well as feedback…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Use Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology
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Nagata, Noriko – CALICO Journal, 2010
This paper discusses several design issues in the development of a new online Japanese textbook, called "Robo-Sensei: Japanese Curriculum with Automated Feedback". When it is completed, the new online textbook will present a full Japanese curriculum. It extends a previously published online software program, "Robo-Sensei: Personal Japanese Tutor"…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Class Activities, Student Attitudes, Learning Activities
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Johnson, Lathrop P. – CALICO Journal, 2010
The increased use of electronic glosses to help students with reading in a foreign language has led to numerous studies of their effectiveness with elementary or intermediate students. However, advanced students in literature classes also need help, not only with literary interpretations, but with the kinds of language problems that glossing can…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Surveys, Dictionaries, Reading Instruction
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Hamel, Marie-Josee; Caws, Catherine – CALICO Journal, 2010
This article discusses CALL development from both educational and ergonomic perspectives. It focuses on the learner-task-tool interaction, in particular on the aspects contributing to its overall quality, herein called "usability." Two pilot studies are described that were carried out with intermediate to advanced learners of French in two…
Descriptors: Tests, Interaction, Pilot Projects, French
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Cardenas-Claros, Monica S.; Gruba, Paul A. – CALICO Journal, 2010
Participatory design (PD), or the collaboration between software engineers and end users throughout the design process, may help improve CALL design practices. In this case study, four ESL learners, a software designer, and a language teacher created and evaluated a series of paper prototypes concerning help options in computer-based second…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Participative Decision Making, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Jones, Linda C. – CALICO Journal, 2010
From 1981 to today, the encouragement Jim Pusack and his colleague Sue Otto gave faculty to develop and/or implement CALL into the curriculum has been vital to our L2 teaching evolution. This article describes how their efforts evolved over the last two and a half decades and the ties that bind their efforts with today's CALL development.
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Stevenson, Megan P.; Liu, Min – CALICO Journal, 2010
This paper presents the results of an online survey and a usability test performed on three foreign language learning websites that use Web 2.0 technology. The online survey was conducted to gain an understanding of how current users of language learning websites use them for learning and social purposes. The usability test was conducted to gain…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Learning, Internet
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Lee, Lina – CALICO Journal, 2010
Wikis, as one of the Web 2.0 social networking tools, have been increasingly integrated into second language (L2) instruction to promote collaborative writing. This paper reports on a case study involving 35 university students at the beginning level who contributed to wiki pages over a period of 14 weeks. The affordances and constraints of using…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Surveys, Collaborative Writing, Writing Processes
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Jing Xu – CALICO Journal, 2010
This paper reviews the role of multimedia vocabulary annotation (MVA) in facilitating second language (L2) reading and listening activities. It examines the multimedia learning and multimedia language learning theories that underlie the MVA research, synthesizes the findings on MVA in the last decade, and identifies three underresearched areas on…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Listening, Multimedia Materials, Vocabulary Development
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