Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

Language Teaching

Volume

43

Issue

01

First Page

66

Last Page

74

DOI

10.1017/S0261444809005850

Abstract

This paper argues that the vertical spread of computer-assisted language learning (CALL), i.e., a spread throughout language materials and curricula, makes it difficult to draw a clear distinction between CALL and other language materials. In view of the emphasis that teachers, researchers, and administrators have placed on evaluating CALL, I argue that some valuable lessons about materials evaluation can be drawn from reflection on issues in CALL evaluation. In particular, I discuss the opportunities for professionals to reconsider assumptions held about comparative research, draw upon research perspectives and methods from applied linguistics in materials evaluation, and include critical perspectives which examine the opportunities that materials offer language learners to engage in language and culture learning.

Comments

This article is from Language Teaching 43 (2010): 66, doi:10.1017/S0261444809005850. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Cambridge University Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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