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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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Weinberg, Alysse; Knoerr, Helene; Vandergrift, Larry – CALICO Journal, 2011
This paper reports on the piloting of podcasts created to support Anglophone French Immersion (FI) students in academic listening. The authors developed a series of seven English language podcasts grounded in metacognitive and L2 listening theory to provide FI students with strategies to enhance L2 listening ability and note-taking skills for…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Group Discussion, Focus Groups, Listening Skills
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Peters, Martine; Weinberg, Alysse; Sarma, Nandini; Frankoff, Mary – CALICO Journal, 2011
This article presents student perceptions about different types of web-based activities used to seek information for French language learning. Group interviews were conducted with 71 students in five Canadian universities to elicit data on their use of the Internet for information-seeking activities. These students use the Web for three main…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Information Seeking, French, Learning Activities
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Cobb, Tom; Horst, Marlise – CALICO Journal, 2011
This study reports on the design and testing of an integrated suite of vocabulary training games for Nintendo[TM] collectively designated "My Word Coach" (Ubisoft, 2008). The games' design is based on a wide range of learning research, from classic studies on recycling patterns to frequency studies of modern corpora. Its general usage…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Educational Technology, Educational Games
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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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Aliweh, Ahmed Mahmoud – CALICO Journal, 2011
Due to the increasing demand on the incorporation of web-based materials into Egyptian higher educational institutions, this study examined students' learning styles, satisfaction with online learning, and the relationships between these two variables and students' gender. The study was conducted on 51 EFL college students (24 males and 27…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Cognitive Style, Schools, Web Based Instruction
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Oberg, Andrew – CALICO Journal, 2011
In this study, two study methods for the support of acquisition and retention of 10 vocabulary items were compared; one method used representative picture cards and the other a CALL interface. Seventy-one first-year Japanese university students comprising two classes participated in the study. The students studied a practice set of 10 vocabulary…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Scores, Vocabulary Development, Instructional Effectiveness
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Cheng, Rui – CALICO Journal, 2010
Learning to perform academic writing in university content classrooms is a major challenge facing nonnative-English-speaker (NNS) students. Computer-mediated communication (CMC) offers new possibilities for bidirectional peer-to-peer scaffolding in which students interact and negotiate meaning concerning academic writing and thus represents a new…
Descriptors: Citations (References), Academic Discourse, Assignments, Graduate Students
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Uzum, Baburhan – CALICO Journal, 2010
Computer technology improves the process of SLA by providing access to an ample amount of input within a communicative context in which participants can engage in synchronous and asynchronous conversations (Payne & Whitney, 2002; Sykes, 2005). This research project aims to investigate the role of alignment in learning a second language within the…
Descriptors: Interaction, Learning Theories, College Students, Second Language Learning
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Heift, Trude – CALICO Journal, 2010
This article discusses the development and functionalities of an intelligent computer-assisted language learning (ICALL) system. By way of example, we describe "E-Tutor", an ICALL system for L2 learners of German that has been in use for a decade. Based on advancements in technology, user studies with L2 learners of German as well as feedback…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Use Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology
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Nagata, Noriko – CALICO Journal, 2010
This paper discusses several design issues in the development of a new online Japanese textbook, called "Robo-Sensei: Japanese Curriculum with Automated Feedback". When it is completed, the new online textbook will present a full Japanese curriculum. It extends a previously published online software program, "Robo-Sensei: Personal Japanese Tutor"…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Class Activities, Student Attitudes, Learning Activities
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