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What is Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ICALL)

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
The exploration of the use of Artificial Intelligence methods and techniques for language learning.
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Computer-Aided Language Learning
Andrew Laghos (City University, UK) and Panayiotis Zaphiris (City University, UK)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 3
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch056
Gamper and Knapp (2002) define Computer-Aided Language Learning (CALL) as “a research field which explores the use of computational methods and techniques as well as new media for language learning and teaching” (p. 329). In more general terms, CALL can be thought of as the use of computers to help learn languages. As a sub-category of Computer-Aided Learning (CAL), CALL deals exclusively with learning languages. Specific examples of CALL tools and utilities include games, tests, exercises, and word processing, and their use in a CALL session is determined by the syllabus, software, teacher, or learner. The popularity of CALL is constantly increasing as multimedia developments and technology are advancing. In the last few years, CALL systems have become fully integrated with audio and video support, creating interesting and attractive presentations. With the Internet emerging, a new platform for CALL systems has evolved. Thus, there has been a move from CD-ROM-based CALL to online Web-based CALL, enabling more connectivity and interactivity with other students or teachers. Important examples of why CALL has moved to Web-based mediums include the ability to carry out audio and videoconferencing, use chat rooms and e-mail, and communicate with native speakers of the language.
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Computer Assisted/Aided Language Learning
The exploration of the use of artificial-intelligence methods and techniques for language learning.
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The Potential of Text-to-Speech Synthesis in Computer-Assisted Language Learning: A Minority Language Perspective
The intersection of Speech Technology and Natural Language Processing with Computer-Assisted Language Learning. iCALL uses techniques from the field of artificial intelligence in order to bring ‘understanding’ of language to the development of CALL tools resulting in the semblance of ‘genuine’ interactivity between the learner and the system.
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