S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 28 Number 1/4 (1992)
Computer-Assisted Language Learning Materials in the Context of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
- Russell, Robert A.
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.28 No.4, pp. 773-790
- This paper discusses the role of materials, in general, in the language learning and teaching context. The paper then discusses some of the important characteristics of CALL materials and some of their potential advantages in comparison with conventional materials. Specifically noted are the potential ability of CALL materials to provide the learner with immediate, relevant, highly individualized feedback; the potential relationship of CALL materials to increased levels of motivation and language learning effectiveness and efficiency; the ability of CALL materials to lower the learner's "affective filter"; the ability of CALL materials to model the use of authentic language in context and to provide the learner with meaningful, communicatively motivated language practice; the ability of CALL materials, potentially, to provide highly cost-effective language instruction; and finally, the ability of CALL materials to allow the learner varying degrees of control over the language learning process, depending on the task and other factors. As with conventional materials, it is important for the language teacher to select or develop CALL materials that are compatible with program objectives and other elements of the instructional system.