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Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Conveniences and Complexities of Computer-Aided
Language Learning

K.Yugandhar, Ph.D.
V. Srinivas, Ph.D.
A. Ramakrishna Rao, Ph.D.


Computer Assisted Language Learning is a relatively new and rapidly evolving academic field that exposes the role of information and technology involving in language learning and teaching. Computers provide excellent ambience conducive to second language learning in any aspect of the target language, be it vocabulary, composition, pronunciation or other linguistic and pragmatic skills. But many English teachers believe that the use of computer software and programs cannot become the premier part of their arena. Some suggestions to reconcile these opposing viewpoints are suggested.

An ideal CALL courseware remains not an alternative but an extended application in reinforcing classroom activities. Eventually, CALL will enable students to receive individualized attention from both teachers and machines to a degree that has hitherto been impossible.

Key words: Computer Assisted Language Learning - Conveniences in using CALL - Complexities in utilizing CALL facilities - Complexities or Challenges of the transition period


The paper focuses on:

i. Computer Assisted Language Learning - a premier tool to impart language skills.

ii. Conveniences in using CALL for mediation between teacher and students.

iii. Complexities in utilizing CALL facilities and how to deal with the same.

What is CALL?

CALL, Computer Assisted Language Learning, is a relatively new and rapidly evolving academic field that exposes the role of information and technology involving in language learning and teaching.

Evolution of the field can be broadly categorized into three phases, namely, Behaviorist, Communicative and Integrative.

The Uses of Computer in Different Phases of Learning

In the Behaviorist phase, the computer is used as a vehicle for delivering varied instructional materials to provide a lot of information to take the role as a tutor.

In the Communicative phase, the computer is used for practicing skills with simulated programmes and software providing students with a greater degree of choice, control and interaction.

In the Integrative phase, multimedia and Internet are used to enable Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills to be combined in a single integrated activity with the learner exercising a high degree of control over the path that they follow through the material.

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K. Yugandhar, Ph.D.
Department of Humanities and Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
Andhra Pradesh, India

V. Srinivas, Ph.D.
Department of English
Kakatiya University
Warangal District
Andhra Pradesh, India

A. Ramakrishna Rao, Ph.D.
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
Andhra Pradesh, India

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