The University of Arizona

Connecting the Past to the Future of Computer-assisted Language Learning: Theory, Practice, and Research

Yiting Han


Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) has established itself as a fruitful area of inquiry that contributes to language education and educational technology. CALL has witnessed the endeavor of exploiting technology for robust and meaningful language learning and teaching from scholars over a period of more than fifty years. With the continued advancement of technology, the field of CALL are facing new challenges and possibilities in terms of theory, practice, and research in this new era. Thus, a review of major trends in past CALL and a critical projection of future CALL are needed in order to capture the dynamics and opportunities for future technology-enhanced language learning. This article provides an overview of the evolution of theory and practice in CALL research. The author explores the state of the art and important future areas of inquiry of CALL by addressing emerging technologies. This paper concludes with theoretical and methodological considerations for approaching CALL today and beyond.



CALL; emerging technologies; technology-enhanced language learning

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