Origins traced back to 1960 and since then has had a “symbiotic relationship between the development of technology and pedagogy.” World-wide web launched in 1993 to the general public, opened up new possibilities in CALL including online versions of software to computer-mediated communication (and now to Web 2.0 interactive applications).
These include: drill programs and task-based activities
What other tasks can you think of that are important for Learning a new language?
Task #1: Vocabulary VOCAB Road This Exit Examples of vocabulary and Grammar exercises
Research indicates that students using computer programs
to learn vocabulary words, outperformed the ones who read
the vocabulary in print form
Research also indicates that the more multimedia (audio,video,
graphics,animation, and interactivity) the higher the outcomes
in vocabulary acquisition 1
Task #2: Comprehension Research also points out that offering Choices in the various types of glosses (multimedia interfaces)-- “better develop vocabularies, greater background knowledge and other reading comprehension strategies.” Comprehension Highway Exit Here (An example of a listening comprehension site)
Pronunciation is of course best taught using audio software. Ones with audio-recording features are even better (but most require download fee). Language learning websites which include audio examples of pronunciation are of course the BEST!