This presentation seeks to probe some of our established frameworks within the field of computer assisted language learning (CALL) and suggest an emerging alternative. The advantages of computer assisted language learning (CALL) are of course well-documented within the literature. Computer-based materials or C-bMs (Jarvis, 2004) are used to deliver CALL and are typically characterised as having a valued tutorial function within the classroom and beyond.
This established framework has dominated our teaching and research over many years. However, recent language education-based studies (Jarvis and Szymczyk, 2010; Jarvis and Pastuszka, 2008; Figura and Jarvis, 2007; Jarvis, 2008a; 2008b; 2005), including most recently (Jarvis, forthcoming) a British Council supported project with Thai and Arabic speakers questions whether this traditional CALL paradigm is still the most appropriate.
Huw argues that conscious learning using one C-bM is no longer suitable for looking at how today’s web generation students use technology. Our students multi-task and in doing so many things unconscious acquisition is as important as conscious learning, particularly when students are accessing and transmitting information in both their first language and in the English language.
In an era of ever-increasing digital devices locating our work exclusively within “computer” assisted learning is somewhat problematic. These recent studies suggest a shift from Computer Assisted (language) Learning to Mobile Assisted (language) Use. The presentation discusses all of these issues in relation to implications for classroom practice.
Huw Jarvis is Senior Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Salford, Manchester. He has worked with teachers on training programmes and projects as far and wide as Thailand (with the British Council), Kuwait (with the Ministry of Defence) and Sudan (with the Ministry of Education). Huw's main research area covers computers in language pedagogy, specifically the role of computer-based materials in independent self-study contexts. His work in this area has been supported by the British Council’s English Language Teaching Research Awards. Huw is also the editor of www.TESOLacademic.org which disseminates TESOL-based research via free video webcasts.