This practical handbook is designed to help language teachers, teacher trainers, and students learn more about their options for using computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and develop an understanding of the theory and research supporting these options.
The chapters in New Perspectives on CALL for Second Language Classrooms synthesize previous CALL theory and research and describe practical applications to both second and foreign language classrooms, including procedures for evaluating these applications. The implementation of CALL at the institutional level is also addressed, with attention to designing multimedia language laboratories and creating collaborative CALL-based projects between educational institutions. Although many chapters locate their descriptions of CALL activities and projects within the ESL/EFL setting, the principles and activities described are equally useful for other language settings.
The book does not require prior knowledge of CALL, computers, or software. To assist readers, a glossary of CALL terms and an appendix of CALL Web sites are provided. The book also has its own accompanying Web site (http://www.erlbaum.com/callforL2classrooms) presenting chapter abstracts, author contact information, and regularly updated links to pedagogical, research, and teacher development sites.
By integrating theoretical issues, research findings, and practical guidelines on different aspects of CALL, this book offers teachers multiple levels of resources for their own professional development, for needs-based creation of specific CALL activities, for curriculum design, and for implementation of institutional and inter-institutional CALL projects.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Part I: Introduction to CALL. S. Fotos, C. Browne, The Development of CALL and Current Options. M. Warschauer, Technological Change and the Future of CALL. P. Liddell, N. Garrett, The New Language Centers and the Role of Technology: New Mandates, New Horizons. Part II: Perspectives on Classroom CALL. P. Hubbard, Learner Training for Effective Use of CALL. M.C. Pennington, Electronic Media in Second Language Writing: An Overview of Tools and Research Findings. G. Braine, Teaching Second and Foreign Language Writing on LANs. S. Fotos, Writing as Talking: E-Mail Exchange for Promoting Proficiency and Motivation in the Foreign Language Classroom. R. Taylor, C. Gitsaki, Teaching WELL and Loving IT. T. Iwabuchi, S. Fotos, Creating Course-Specific CD-ROMs for Interactive Language Learning. Part III: Implementing CALL in Institutional Settings. C. Browne, S. Gerrity, Setting up and Maintaining a CALL Laboratory. P. O'Connor, W. Gatton, Implementing Multimedia in a University EFL Program: A Case Study in CALL. L. Opp-Beckman, C. Kieffer, A Collaborative Model for Online Instruction in the Teaching of Language and Culture. Part IV: Evaluating CALL. K. Reeder, T. Heift, J. Roche, S. Tabyanian, S. Schlickau, P. Gölz, Toward a Theory of E/Valuation for Second Language Learning Media. B. Susser, T.N. Robb, Evaluation of ESL/EFL Instructional Web Sites. Part V: Conclusion. C.A. Chapelle, V. Hegelheimer, The Language Teacher in the 21st Century. Appendix: List of Web Sites.
"Teachers looking for inspiration on the use of computers in their language classrooms may well find this book surprisingly useful, particularly in the second section, where the uses of CALL are addressed. Communicative language teaching is well addressed throughout the articles...the ideas and perspectives discussed in each of the articles are definitely valid, interesting, thought-evoking and useful....it brings together many approaches currently used in language classrooms and gives good rationale and logistical advice for them."
—British Journal of Educational Technology
"New Perspectives on CALL for Second Language Classrooms is an exemplary presentation of traditional approaches to CALL in higher education....it is effective....Both editors and several of the contributors appear to be specialists in EFL."
—Journal of Distance Education
"...this practical handbook is a valuable resource to guide language teachers, teacher trainers, and students interested in incorporating technology into their language classes. It also allows readers to pick and choose the chapters that are most relevant to their needs."
—Modern Language Journal
"...clearly written and easily accessible to the average teacher....Each chapter offers a nice mix of theory, research, and practical ideas."
—Christine F. Meloni
George Washington University