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New Perspectives on CALL for Second Language Classrooms

1st Edition

Edited by Sandra Fotos, Charles M. Browne


370 pages

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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 ( 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.


"This volume is a succinct and well-rounded introduction to CALL that should allow a broad range of readers interested in the role of technology in L2 education to become familiar with both the theoretical background and practical applications of CALL." – Carsten Wilmes, UP 39.1-2 (Fall 2006)

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.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology