Effectiveness of a dynamic usage based computer assisted language program

Irshad, F. M., Keijzer, M., Wieling, M. & Verspoor, M., Dec-2019, In : Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics. 8, 2, p. 137-162 26 p.

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The current paper explores whether a Dynamic Usage Based (DUB)
approach – which takes authentic meaningful language use with repetition
and scaffolding for comprehension as its basis – can also be implemented in
a CALL environment. The effectiveness of the DUB-CALL program was
tested in a semester-long experiment, comparing it with a teacher-fronted
DUB program (using the same materials as the CALL program) and a traditional CLT program; 228 university undergraduates in Sri Lanka participated. Language gains were assessed in a pre-post design with an objective
General English Proficiency (GEP) test and a writing task. The results show
that the students in the DUB-CALL condition performed significantly better on the GEP test than the students in the two teacher-fronted classes. The
results of the writing tests show that all groups improved significantly, but
here there were no differences among groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-162
Number of pages26
JournalDutch Journal of Applied Linguistics
Issue number2
Early online date11-Apr-2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2019

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