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LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Semester 2, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Jeong-Bae Son
Moderator: Henriette van Rensburg


With the advance of computer technology and the growth of interest in the use of computers for education, it is necessary for language teachers to become aware of the application of computers in second language learning and teaching. In other words, language teachers need to know about the basics of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in order not to be left behind in the use of instructional technology for enhancing learning and teaching.


This course provides language teachers with an introduction to theory and practice of CALL. Course topics include theoretical bases for CALL; current trends and issues of CALL research; language teachers' roles in CALL environments; the development and use of CALL applications such as multimedia / hypermedia materials and Internet tools; and strategies for integrating CALL into second language programs. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a basic understanding of second language teaching methodology in relation to computer technology; (Both Assessment Items)
  2. show an awareness of research directions in CALL; (Both Assessment Items)
  3. identify language teachers' roles in CALL contexts; (Both Assessment Items)
  4. demonstrate a knowledge of the practical uses of CALL in second language learning and teaching. (Both Assessment Items)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Background 10.00
2. Research on CALL 15.00
3. Language teachers in CALL environments (Weighting for the following sub-topics is 15% each) Observation Design Implementation Evaluation Management 75.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no prescribed text for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Chapelle, C. A 2000, Computer applications in second language acquisition: foundations for teaching, testing and research, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Egbert, J., & Hanson-Smith, E (eds.) 2007, CALL environments: research, practice and critical issues, 2nd edn, TESOL, Alexandria, VA.
  • Son, J-B (ed.) 2004, Computer-assisted language learning: concepts, contexts and practices, Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.
  • Son, J-B. (ed) 2009, Internet-based language learning: pedagogies and technologies, Raleigh, N.C. LuLu.
  • Warschauer, M., & Kern, R. (ed.) 2000, Network-based language teaching: concepts and practice, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 82.00
Independent Study 83.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
EVALUATION REPORT 60 60 17 Oct 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. This course contains a discussion forum where students' participation is formally assessed and successful participation in that discussion group is required to complete the requirements to be awarded a passing grade in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of C-) for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The USQ library provides advice on how to format information sources using this system.

Other requirements

  1. Students should have basic computer literacy skills and regular access to a computer connected to the Internet.

  2. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

  3. Students must complete and submit the assignment and make contributions to the online discussion group to pass the course.