Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

In order to truly learn a second language students should have “not only knowledge and skills in the grammar of a language but the ability to use the language in socially and culturally appropriate ways in a speech community.” (p. 193)

^ I somehow managed to misplace this reading while pasting this quote, which is annoying, because it looked promising. But I’ll leave this here anyway, because it’s important.


This article is looking at students learning English as a second language, so is from a slightly different angle than what I’m looking at. This is because English is the most widely spread language in the world, and many people learn it in order to achieve other goals – as written here things like playing games, understanding Youtube videos, conversing with friends from other countries, and accessing a wider database of knowledge on certain topics.

There is a difference between ‘language acquisition’ and ‘language learning’. I think I covered it before but it may not have been clear (to me or to any audience). Language learning is conscious knowledge of formats, vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure etc. Language acquisition is more subconscious – it is when the learner uses/encounters the language not for the sake of using the language itself, but as a communication tool for them to understand something else. An example of this is those who communicate via English (as their second language) on gaming platforms and the like (LoL of WoW for example).

“all kinds of device are valued as assisting with unconscious acquisition, in contrast, desktop computers and laptops are preferred for conscious learning.” (p. 8)



REF: Achilleos, M., & Jarvis, H. (2013). From computer assisted language learning (CALL) to mobile assisted language use (MABU). The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language, 16(4), 1 – 18. Retrieved from


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