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A personal journey through CALL

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Presentation to Arts Faculty extended classroom event 26.03.19

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A personal journey through CALL

  1. 1. A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH CALL COMPUTER-ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING TERESA MACKINNON @WARWICKLANGUAGE
  2. 2. THE 1960’S The University of Warwick Language Centre opened in 1964 View the archive
  3. 3. WHAT IS CALL? • "the search for and study of applications of the computer in language teaching and learning“ (Levy, 1997) • Early CALL favoured an approach that drew heavily on practices associated with programmed instruction. • Started with university experimentation using mainframe computers, democratised by the arrival of the personal computer and the internet.
  4. 4. MY JOURNEY TO LANGUAGE TEACHING
  5. 5. My professional practice blog Next Steps
  6. 6. OF TOOLS AND THEIR USES: • Behaviouristic CALL: language labs, drills, translation tests • Communicative CALL: CD-ROMs, multimedia applications, structured interaction, early gamification. • Integrated CALL: devices for internet use (MALL), Online Intercultural Exchange, task based learning.
  7. 7. UBIQUITOUS TECHNOLOGY • "In a statistical sense, we may one day communicate with each other far more via computer mediation than in direct interaction.” Crystal (2001, p.241) The internet is “ a communication space through which people can communicate” Tim Berners-Lee.
  8. 8. APPROACHES AND PEDAGOGIES • Importance of teacher attitude and confidence (Levy, 1997) Importance of shifting the locus of control: (Benson & Voller, 1997) • Teaching practices should be based on negotiation with learners • Teachers should monitor and reflect upon their practices
  9. 9. CALL AND TRANSFORMATION “networked multimedia environments provide opportunities for asynchronous and synchronous dialogue in which meaning can be negotiated in modes other than written or printed text. The interactions between and among learners… enhance the “learning as knowledge” process.” Warshauer, 2000 Virtual Exchange: “technology-enabled, sustained, people to people education programmes”
  10. 10. REFERENCES • Benson, P and Voller, P. (1997) Autonomy and Independence in Language Learning. Routledge. • Levy, M. (1997). CALL: Context and Conceptualisation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. • Warschauer, M., & Healey, D. (1998). Computers and language learning: An overview. Language Teaching, 31, 57-71.

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