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Craven, Mary-Louise; Sinyor, Roberta – CALICO Journal, 2011
"CCALLNET" ("The Canadian Computer-Assisted Language Learning Network at the Post-Secondary Level") was a semi-annual newsletter published from 1987 to 2002 that was distributed to colleagues across Canada who taught languages to university students. Its objective was to create a network of Canadian faculty interested in CALL…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Newspapers
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Wood, Peter – CALICO Journal, 2011
"QuickAssist," the program presented in this paper, uses natural language processing (NLP) technologies. It places a range of NLP tools at the disposal of learners, intended to enable them to independently read and comprehend a German text of their choice while they extend their vocabulary, learn about different uses of particular words,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, German, Natural Language Processing
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Allard, Daniele; Bourdeau, Jacqueline; Mizoguchi, Riichiro – CALICO Journal, 2011
This paper addresses the problem of cultural and native language interference in second/foreign language acquisition. More specifically, it examines issues of interference that can be traced to a student's native language and that also have a cultural component. To this effect, an understanding of what actually comprises both interference and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Interference (Language), Cultural Influences
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Hoven, Debra; Palalas, Agnieszka – CALICO Journal, 2011
An exploratory study conducted at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada between 2007 and 2009 investigated language learning with mobile devices as an approach to augmenting ESP learning by taking learning outside the classroom into the real-world context. In common with findings at other community colleges, this study identified inadequate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Constructivism (Learning), Listening Skills, Immigrants
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Walker, Nicholas R.; Trofimovich, Pavel; Cedergren, Henrietta; Gatbonton, Elizabeth – CALICO Journal, 2011
For many patients throughout the world, access to healthcare depends on the patients" and healthcare providers' ability to communicate efficiently in each other's language. One way to reduce linguistic barriers to healthcare access is to increase the number of linguistically and culturally competent healthcare professionals. Conspicuously…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Feedback (Response), Nurses, Patients
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Thomson, Ron I. – CALICO Journal, 2011
This paper first provides an overview of factors that constrain ultimate attainment in adult second language (L2) pronunciation, finding that first language influence and the quantity and quality of L2 phonetic input account for much of the variation in the degree of foreign accent found across adult L2 learners. The author then evaluates current…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Vowels, Computer Assisted Instruction, Mandarin Chinese
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Chapelle, Carol A.; Heift, Trude – CALICO Journal, 2009
In Spring semester 2006, we conducted a study with 50 learners of German to investigate the use of a new measure (Cardenas-Claros, 2005) for research on the field independent/dependent (FID) cognitive style and CALL use. After the measure was administered, students worked on a CALL program for German that logs interaction. This paper reports the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Computer Assisted Instruction, Item Analysis, German
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Li, Jia – CALICO Journal, 2009
Numerous studies have indicated that the provision of appropriate computer-mediated support to second language (L2) learners results in different vocabulary learning outcomes. However, there is no study available that investigates the transition in their way of learning vocabulary under the influence of technology-based support. This article…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning
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Caws, Catherine – CALICO Journal, 2008
This paper discusses issues surrounding the development of a learning object repository (FLORE) for teaching and learning French at the postsecondary level. An evaluation based on qualitative and quantitative data was set up in order to better assess how second-language (L2) students in French perceived the integration of this new repository into…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), French, Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction
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Corbeil, Giselle – CALICO Journal, 2007
This paper examines the difference in learning outcomes between two groups of students, one of which used the "French Tutor," a multimedia package, and the other a textbook to learn the formation and use of two French past tense verbs: the perfect and the imperfect. Unlike the textbook, the "French Tutor" included visual…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Textbooks, Verbs, Morphemes
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Kabata, Kaori; Wiebe, Grace; Chao, Tracy – CALICO Journal, 2005
This paper discusses issues surrounding the development and implementation of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) at the curriculum- and program-levels. The Japanese program at the University of Alberta has introduced CALL courseware in language courses including those with multiple sections. An evaluation was conducted at the initial…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware
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Burston, Jack – CALICO Journal, 1996
Four grammar checkers, all of French Canadian origin, were evaluated: "Le Correcteur 101,""GramR,""Hugo Plus," and "French Proofing Tools." Results indicate that "Le Correcteur 101" is the best French grammar checker on the market and worth its premium cost. (two references) (CK)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Error Analysis (Language), Error Correction