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Copy of Computer Assisted Language Learning

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Computer Assisted Language Learning
Advantages and disadvantages of the CALL method
Sources
Hartoyo, Ma, Ph.D. 2006. Individual Differences in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Semarang: Universitas Negeri Semarang Press.

Indrawati, E. D. (2008). Advantages and Disadvantages of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). Retrieved from https://efidrew.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/assignment-4-article-on-call/

Davies, G.. CALL (computer assisted language learning), LLAS, 2008. Web. 12 December 2014
What is CALL?
* CALL gives a wide range of information and communication technology and provides the teacher with an extra approach to teaching a foreign language.

* Language teachers are more inclined to prefer a student-centered approach, focusing on learning rather than instruction. This can be done through CALL

* The method puts a strong emphasis on student-centered materials that allow learners to work on their own. They normally embody two important features: interactive learning and individualized learning. It’s usually used to help the teacher in the language learning process and apply the information the student has already learned.

* Blended learning: the combination of face-to-face and interactive teaching
How is CALL used?
CALL uses modern technology. An example is an interactive whiteboard or a website that the children can use to practice their language skills.
Advantages
Motivation and interest.
Since the world is modernizing children really like working with computers and it will help them for the rest of their lives.
There are many different ways of practicing with the computer.
Individualization; the children can work on their own speed and level.
Immediate feedback; children benefit most of feedback when it's given right away, also the rewards motivate them and makes them compete with each other and want to be better.
Disadvantages
It's fairly expensive so it increases the educational cost, since computers are more expensive than books.
Lack of experienced teachers; many teachers aren't familiar with all the programs and how to use a computer properly.
At least basic knowledge is required and this might require a special extra course for the teachers which will probably have to happen in their free time.
Examples
CALL offers many different ways of learning. Children can practice by doing games, animated graphics and problem-solving techniques. There are many programs online that can be used. The teacher can use a whiteboard; show images and videos, let the children listen to stories and music, use it to explain things etc. They can also take tests on the computers.
How do I use this method as a teacher?
CALL is a great method to use in your teaching class. It’s a good and fun way to teach the children another language. You can use this method on a digital school board. You can play English word games to teach the students another language., but you can also let the children work on their own computer in their own pace. They can use sites where they can practice their vocabulary in the different language for instance. These are just a few examples of what you can do. There are many more ways to use CALL in your lessons. A good thing for the teacher is that the learners require less face to face teacher time and fewer expensive resources.
The students are able to pick up language knowledge or skills faster or with less effort.
They retain language knowledge or skills longer and they can make deeper associations.
The children can get materials or experience interactions that they can use.
In another way it would be difficult or impossible to do that.
The students can also practice with equal effectiveness across a wide range of times and places.
And one of the best things about CALL is that the children will enjoy their learning process way more when they can do it themselves with the help of modern technology
What can I expect to experience in classes as a student or teacher?
CALL is derived from CAL (Computer-Assisted Learning) which is implemented to language. The use of computer here is mainly aimed at providing a language learning tutorial program (Hartoyo 2006). In addition, Egbert (2005) says that CALL means students learn language in any context with, through, and around
computer technologies
. From both definitions, the main focus of CALL is on the application of computers in language learning.
Students need to adjust their expectations of their
participation in the class in order to use CALL effectively.
Rather than passively absorbing information, learners must negotiate meaning and assimilate new information through interaction and collaboration with someone other than the teacher.
Important
Helpfull methods
When an (international)teacher, these methods might come in handy:
EUROCALL: The leading European professional association for CALL.
CERCLES: The European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education.
CALICO: The leading North American professional association for CALL.
IALLT: International Association for Language Learning Technology, based in North America.
CCALL/ACELAO: Currently in the process of establishing itself as a formal professional association in Canada.
LLA: The Language Laboratory Association of Japan.
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