Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Technological Advances

Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Technological Advances

Bin Zou (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China), Minjie Xing (University of Manchester, UK), Yuping Wang (Griffith University, Australia), Mingyu Sun (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA) and Catherine H. Xiang (The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
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Release Date: January, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 356
ISBN13: 9781466628212|ISBN10: 1466628219|EISBN13: 9781466628229|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2821-2


Educational technologies continue to advance the ways in which we teach and learn. As these technologies continue to improve our communication with one another, computer-assisted foreign language learning has provided a more efficient way of communication between different languages.

Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Technological Advances highlights new research and an original framework that brings together foreign language teaching, experiments and testing practices that utilize the most recent and widely used e-learning resources. This comprehensive collection of research will offer linguistic scholars, language teachers, students, and policymakers a better understanding of the importance and influence of e-learning in second language acquisition.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative Learning
  • Computer mediated communication
  • E-Assessment for Learning
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language Learning Software
  • Social Networking in Language Learning and Teaching
  • Virtual Learning Environment
  • Web 2.0 Environments

Reviews and Testimonials

To help foreign language teachers gain teaching skills, Zou (English, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool U., China) et al. bring together researchers in linguistics, language, computers, instructional technology, and other areas from Asia, Europe, Australia, and the US for 16 chapters on computer-assisted foreign language learning. They review computer-assisted language learning theories, technologies, and trends; collaborative learning topics, including the design of online assessments, practicing language interaction through social networking sites, and a business English teaching context; aspects of teachers and learners, such as learner autonomy, the use of Facebook, learner engagement, student perceptions of using new technologies, and the use of a virtual learning environment; and course design, including developing an online Chinese program, designing language learning software, a training program for the perceptual skills of adult learners of English, technologies to enhance student engagement in independent learning and lifelong learning skills, and computer-assisted pronunciation training assessment programs.

– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

Recommended- This book addresses various aspects of computer assisted foreign language teaching and learning, providing detailed discussion in three major sections. These are topics with notable interest and are worth further discussions. By reading this book, the readers are exposed to some of the most popular discussions in the CALL area, and benefit not only from being informed of what is going on in this area, but are also helped to explore further study in their own interests.

– Qiao Zhuo and Zhou Yunyi, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Bin Zou received his PhD in TESOL and computer technology from the University of Bristol (UK) and MA degree from the University of York (UK). He is a senior tutor/associate professor and a team leader at the English Language Centre, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (China) and currently teaches EAP and EF courses. Dr. Zou’s research interests include Applied Linguistics, ELT, EAP, CALL, Corpus, and ICT. He has given presentations at international conferences including AILA, EUROCALL, IALLT, BAAL, IATEFL, etc., published papers in international journals, such as Computer-Assisted Language Learning, the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, the International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, and edited books, including Monitoring and Assessment in Online Collaborative Environments: Emergent Computational Technologies for E-learning Support (IGI Global, USA). He is the editor of two books: Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Technological Advances and Explorations of Language Teaching and Learning with Computational Assistance both to be published by IGI Global in 2013. Also, he has been involved in reviewing papers for the journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, the journal of Mixed Methods Research, and IGI Global books.
Minjie Xing is a senior language teacher at Manchester University, UK. Since she obtained her PhD in Language and Culture between Chinese and English at Salford University, she has been teaching Chinese in higher education in the UK for all levels of students. Her expertise and research interests are e-learning, autonomous learning, interactive/cooperative learning, and intercultural communication. Her research has been widely published in renowned journals and books. She is currently an active member on the editorial board for the International Journal of Computer-assisted Language Learning and Teaching.
Yuping Wang is an associate professor in the School of Languages and Linguistics at Griffith University, Australia. Her research focuses on the use of Synchronous Computer Mediated Communication (SCMC) and Synchronous Learning Management Systems (SLMS) in second language learning and teacher training. She has published on the use of SLMS and Internet-based videoconferencing tools in online/distance language learning and online teacher training.
Mingyu Sun earned her Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics and Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University. She is currently the director of the Language Resource Center at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in the United States. She oversees language testing and evaluation, web-based instructional innovations, and the development of instructional technology for over twenty languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hmong, Lao, Thai, Hebrew, as well as a full array of more commonly taught languages, and also the translation program at UWM.
Catherine Hua Xiang is the Language Coordinator for Mandarin and Japanese at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Her research focuses on teaching Chinese as a foreign language, e-learning and distance language education, and cross-cultural communication. She is the author of Mastering Chinese – A Complete Coursebook for Beginners. She is currently involved in a major European project called ‘Visual-audio Media in L2 Teaching and Learning’, which is exploring the impact of using media technology in language education.