Chapter 7. Experimentalized CALL for adult second language learners
Improvements in computer technology have opened up new possibilities for integrating web-based language learning with classroom practice. In particular, experimental computer-assisted language learning (eCALL) methods can make student learning more efficient, while also providing detailed data for second language acquisition theories and models. Studies show that eCALL systems that target basic language skills can lead to significant learning gains after only two or three hours of practice, with gains retained months later. Training in basic skills can be supplemented by online methods for using Internet media, map tours, subtitled video, chat rooms, and learning games. All these systems can be linked to classroom teaching to provide deeper support for second language learning.