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CALL generally and software and Internet sites specifically
Background: Schacter & Fagnano's (1999)
survey of 12 meta-analyses of research on computer-based instruction
shows that students engaged in CBI performed better than those who did
not. In contrast, we are told that this research is worthless
(Oppenheimer, 1997), that there is "no significant difference"
(Russell, 1999), and that the statistical analysis used in most studies
has no scientific foundation (Mitchell, 2000). Can we say anything about
the effectiveness of CALL?
Research question: The most important
question for CALL researchers is CALL's effectiveness, in two senses:
1) effectiveness as a method/technology/medium for learning; to what
extent do learners achieve their objectives with CALL, to what degree is
that achievement attributable to the "CALLness" of their
learning experience, and could they have achieved the same goal more
easily or inexpensively with some other method/technology/medium? 2)
effectiveness of CALL software and Internet sites as technology; to what
extent are they effective in terms of instructional design, promotion of
language acquisition, and technical sophistication?
Contact: Bernard Susser email@example.com
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