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Yu, Li-Tang – JALT CALL Journal, 2018
With the rapid development of computer technology, videoconferencing has been widely applied for social and educational purposes. Issues relevant to the use of videoconferencing in second-language instruction have been raised and researched. However, little attention has been paid to videoconferencing projects implemented outside class for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Videoconferencing, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language)
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Briggs, Neil – JALT CALL Journal, 2018
Web-based machine translation (WBMT) tools have long been used by language learners, but until recently, their value as learning tools was limited by the limited accuracy of their outputs. In the past few years, however, the advent of neural machine translation has drastically improved the accuracy of WBMT, considerably increasing their…
Descriptors: Translation, Computational Linguistics, Korean, Accuracy
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Ashwell, Tim; Elam, Jesse R. – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
The ultimate aim of our research project was to use the Google Web Speech API to automate scoring of elicited imitation (EI) tests. However, in order to achieve this goal, we had to take a number of preparatory steps. We needed to assess how accurate this speech recognition tool is in recognizing native speakers' production of the test items; we…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Milliner, Brett – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
Many research studies into Extensive reading (ER) have recognized its potential for improving language learners' reading proficiency and other language skills. However, some recent reviews of ER research (e.g., Waring & McLean 2015; Nakanishi, 2015; Mori, 2015) have argued for more refinement in research design so that ER research can be more…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Guo, Sijia; Möllering, Martina – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
This case study aimed to explore best practice in applying task-based language teaching (TBLT) via a Web-conferencing tool, Blackboard Collaborate, in a beginners' online Chinese course by evaluating the pedagogical values and limitations of the software and the tasks designed. Chapelle's (2001) criteria for computer-assisted language learning…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Chinese
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Sung, Ko-Yin; Poole, Frederick – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
This study explored college students' use of a popular smartphone social networking application, WeChat, in a tandem language learning project. The research questions included (1) How do Chinese-English dyads utilize the WeChat app for weekly language learning?, and (2) What are the perceptions of the Chinese-English dyads on the use of the WeChat…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Tang, Jinlan; Rich, Changhua Sun – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
This paper reports a series of research studies on the use of automated writing evaluation (awe) in secondary and university settings in China. The secondary school study featured the use of awe in six intact classes of 268 senior high school students for one academic year. The university study group comprised 460 students from five universities…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Revision (Written Composition)
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Daniels, Paul; Iwago, Koji – JALT CALL Journal, 2017
As online automatic speech recognition (ASR) engines become more accurate and more widely implemented with call software, it becomes important to evaluate the effectiveness and the accuracy of these recognition engines using authentic speech samples. This study investigates two of the most prominent cloud-based speech recognition engines--Apple's…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Software
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Nesbitt, Dallas; Müller, Amanda – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
Educational digital games are often presented at Technology in Language Education conferences. The games are entertaining and are backed by research detailing how games can improve the learning experience through active critical learning, learner interaction, competition, challenge, and high learner motivation. The authors, inspired by such…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Computer Games, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Alharbi, Majed A. – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
This study investigated the effects of monolingual book dictionaries, popup dictionaries, and type-in dictionaries on improving reading comprehension and vocabulary learning in an EFL program. An experimental design involving four groups and a post-test was chosen for the experiment: (1) pop-up dictionary (experimental group 1); (2) type-in…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Dictionaries
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Hosogoshi, Kyoko – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
Captions and subtitles as a form of scaffolding for audiovisual materials has gained much attention in second or foreign language (L2) learning in recent years and various studies report their positive effects on learners' listening comprehension. However, few attempts have been made to investigate how textual information specifically affects the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Listening Skills
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Toland, Sean H.; Mills, Daniel J.; Kohyama, Megumi – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
In universities throughout Japan, English language learners are required to stand in front of their peers and make a presentation with the aid of software such as Microsoft PowerPoint. This type of public speaking activity can often be an anxiety-inducing, glorified reading or memorization exercise of text-heavy slides that fails to meet the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Anxiety, Memorization
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Goh, Shu Li – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
The rapid progress of technology has revolutionized learning and in the field of computer assisted language learning, the use of digital games has expanded significantly. One type of game that has been attracting interest is massively multiplayer online role-playing games (henceforth MMORPGs). Recent research has drawn attention to the potential…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Role Playing, Computer Games, Second Language Learning
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Uehara, Suwako; Noriega, Edgar Josafat Martinez – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
The availability of user-friendly coding software is increasing, yet teachers might hesitate to use this technology to develop for educational needs. This paper discusses studies related to technology for educational uses and introduces an evaluation application being developed. Through questionnaires by student users and open-ended discussion by…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Coding
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Mindog, Emily – JALT CALL Journal, 2016
This study explores, describes and analyzes the utilization of smartphone apps by four Japanese university students to support learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Findings indicate that intermediate language learners use apps to access content and communicate on SNS and are not keen on studying discrete language parts. Participants…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Software
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