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Iowa State University

2010

Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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The Spread Of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Carol Chapelle Jan 2010

The Spread Of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Carol Chapelle

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This paper argues that the vertical spread of computer-assisted language learning (CALL), i.e., a spread throughout language materials and curricula, makes it difficult to draw a clear distinction between CALL and other language materials. In view of the emphasis that teachers, researchers, and administrators have placed on evaluating CALL, I argue that some valuable lessons about materials evaluation can be drawn from reflection on issues in CALL evaluation. In particular, I discuss the opportunities for professionals to reconsider assumptions held about comparative research, draw upon research perspectives and methods from applied linguistics in materials evaluation, and include critical perspectives ...