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Technology And Language Learning: Putting The Computer In Its Place
Jeremy F. Jones
University of Canberra, Australia
High technology, and especially the use of computers, has won a
secure place among the resources available to the modern language teacher.
Language centers, rich and poor alike, feel that they cannot do without
computers for learning purposes. However, despite the expensive investment
made on their behalf, a large number (very likely a majority) of teachers
and students remain uninterested in the computer as a medium for learning.
This paper probes the reasons for such reluctance and proposes some
remedies. In particular, it is argued that computer-assisted language learning
(CALL) should not be closely associated with self-access or autonomy and
that teachers are needed to drive the CALL process.
Dr. Jeremy F Jones is a lecturer in TESOL/Applied Linguistics at
the School for Languages and International Education in the Faculty of
Education at University of Canberra, Australia.