Guest moderator: Preet Hiradhar, Department of English, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
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- To help you get ready for the discussion, here are some possible questions, suggested by Preet, apart from ones you might have of your own:
1. The authors state that many nations have made large investments in terms of ICT in language learning. They also say that “it is likely that language learning classrooms [especially in developmental contexts] will be part of a move to increased technology use”. Do you see signs of these developments in your own context?
2. One of the significant findings that the authors report is that CALL research has focused on secondary schools and not much on primary schools. What do you think might be the reasons for this? Is the tertiary sector in developmental contexts under-researched?
3. The article reviews a large number of CALL studies involving the four skills. It reports however, that there seems to be a lack of correlation between skills development and Computer-mediated communication (CMC). Does this correspond to your own experience of skills development and CMC?
4. What role do learner and teacher attitudes play in the success of CALL interventions? How can these attitudes be accessed by teachers / researchers?
5. One of the interesting findings of the article is that most of the research in CALL seems to be driven by policy rather than influenced by educational or L2 acquisition theories. Is this necessarily a bad thing?
6. What do you think of the idea that it is time to move away from the binaries of ‘traditional’ and ‘computer-assisted classrooms’? Do you think research into mixed classrooms, combining teacher and computer-mediated learning, and the way they interact within a learning space would be more useful?
7. While most CALL research seems to be around the notions of usability and development, what about the possibility of probing it from a critical-theoretical perspective as well, e.g., sociological impact, cultural reception and negotiation etc? How can teachers and learners engage with such research?