Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Carol A. Chapelle

in The Oxford Handbook of Applied Linguistics

Second edition

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195384253
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Computer-Assisted Language Learning


Computer-assisted language learning, defined as “the search for and study of applications of the computer in language teaching and learning”, covers a broad spectrum of concerns, but the central issues are the pedagogies implemented through technology and their evaluation. In view of the range of complex materials included under the umbrella of CALL, research and practice in this area draws from other areas within and beyond applied linguistics for conceptual and technical tools to develop practices and evaluate success. Like technologies for language learning, theories of instructed SLA have evolved dramatically over the past twenty years. One change is the evolution in the input theory that Underwood drew upon. Whereas that theory asserts that the second language is acquired unconsciously, Schmidt claims the opposite: that subliminal language learning is impossible, and that is what learners consciously notice. This requirement of noticing is meant to apply equally to all aspects of language.

Keywords: computer-assisted language learning; pedagogy; complex material; linguistics

Article.  3839 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Computational Linguistics

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