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

The Spread Of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Carol Chapelle

English Publications

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 ...


Towards Systematic And Sustained Formative Assessment Of Causal Explanations In Oral Interactions, Tammy Slater, Bernard Mohan Jan 2010

Towards Systematic And Sustained Formative Assessment Of Causal Explanations In Oral Interactions, Tammy Slater, Bernard Mohan

English Publications

The questions and answers in the above exchanges are common occurrences in classroom discourse: requests by the teacher for causal explanations and efforts by the students to give them. To succeed in school, students need to be able to explain causally, and teachers need to be able to assess these explanations. Students’ causal explanations allow teachers to check understandings of how and why; thus, examining the development of this type of discourse has the potential to provide a framework for formative assessment that can promote learning. Researchers and educators working from a systemic functional linguistic perspective have provided a body ...


Assessing Language And Content: A Functional Perspective, Bernard Mohan, Constant Leung, Tammy Slater Jan 2010

Assessing Language And Content: A Functional Perspective, Bernard Mohan, Constant Leung, Tammy Slater

English Publications

This chapter will discuss the integrated assessment of language and content (IALC), with particular reference to second language learning and use. We will address the central question of IALC: what does it mean to assess language and content in an integrated way? To put the question more specifically: what does it mean to assess how wording constructs meaning (and particularly content meaning) in text in context?