Evaluating Computer-Assisted Language Learning: An Integrated Approach to Effectiveness Research in CALL

Jonathan Leakey

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Schools, colleges and universities are investing a great deal in the purchase of computer resources for the teaching of modern languages, butwhether these resources make a measurable difference to the learning of language students is still unclear. In this book the author outlinesthe existing evidence for the impact of computers on language learning and makes the case for an integrated approach to the evaluationof computer-assisted language learning (CALL). Drawing on current and past research linked to CALL and e-learning, the author builds acomprehensive model for evaluating not just the software used in language learning, but also the teaching and learning that takes place incomputer-based environments, and the digital platforms themselves. This book will be of interest not only to language teachers and CALLresearchers, but also to those interested in e-learning and general research methodology, as well as designers of educational software, digitallabs, virtual learning environments (VLEs) and institutional budget holders.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBern, Switzerland
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages308
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-3-0343-0145-9 pb. ISBN 978-3-0353-0131-1 (eBook)
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Feb 2011


  • Contents: Evaluation of computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Effectiveness research for CALL
  • A model (methodology
  • framework
  • agenda) for the evaluation of CALL platforms
  • programs and pedagogy
  • Integrating CALL into modern languages teaching and learning
  • A
  • methodology for quality control for CALL
  • A configuration of empirical methods of data collection for CALL
  • Research methodology for CALL -
  • Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of CALL.


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