Computer Assisted Language Learning

Orphée De Clercq, Jasper Degraeuwe and Margot Fonteyne
Target group
Master of Science in Teaching in Languages; Postgraduate CALM

About Computer Assisted Language Learning

Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) originated as a discipline within Applied Linguistics. We will start by grounding this discipline within the field, by discussing its history and various theoretical models  (Levy, Hubbard, Beatty...) in order to clearly understand CALL.  Then, we zoom in on some current trends:

  • Web 2.0: how to integrate and analyse social media and user-generated content.
  • Mobile-assisted language learning.
  • Gamification
  • MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses), and LMOOCS (L = Language) to be precise.
  • Intelligent CALL & generative AI (ChatGPT)

Large part of the course will consist of learning to use and critically assess digital CALL applications. Students will learn which criteria to contemplate and what possible implications certain applications can have on language acquisition and didactics. The CALL applications that will be discussed can range from applications for vocabulary learning, grammatical exercises, speaking, listening, writing; ranging from electronic learner dictionaries to fully automatic writing support. Existing practice and testing environments are scrutinized, as well as the principles of automatic feedback.