Computer Assisted Language Learning (Call)

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USING TECHNOLOGY IN LEARNING ENGLISHIn 2007, the British Council conducted a research into how the Internet has affected the preferred learning styles of learners wanting to learn English around the world. The results of this research suggest that if teachers are to remain relevant and effective, then they need to use the technology to help students for Learning English.

Computer Assisted Language Learning known as CALL, is an approach to language teaching and learning in which the computer is used as an aid to the presentation, reinforcement and assessment of material to be learned. Therefore, Computers have been used for language teaching for more than three decades.

Behaviourist CALL was developed in the 1960s and 1970s which featured repetitive language drills and practice.

Communicative CALL emerged in the 1970s and 1980s as a reaction to the Behaviourist approach to language learning. It was based on the communicative approach to teaching.

Integrative Call is based on multimedia computers and the Internet.

CALL is divided in three distinct phases:

E-Learning is the use of electronic media and information and communication technologies (ICT) in education.

Blended Learning is an approach to learning and teaching which combines and aligns learning undertaken in face to face sessions.

M-Learning refers to technologies that include handheld computers, MP3 players, notebooks, mobile phones and tablets.

CALL is connected by means of common concepts which arethe following:

WEB 2.0Web 2.0 technologies have become a ubiquitous component of our daily lives. Tim O'Reilly (2005), describes Web 2.0 as a collaborative environment in which users have the opportunity to contribute to a growing knowledge base, assist in the development of web-based tools, and participate in online communities.

Conclusion CALL offers the language learner diverse opportunities for language learning. In the past, utilization of computers were limited to text and only simple simulations and exercises, primarily gap-filling and multiple choice drills were used. Technological and pedagogical developments now allow us to integrate technology into the language learning process.

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Warshauer, M. (1996) Computer Assisted Language Learning: An introduction. Tokyo: Logos International. Retrieved from:

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