Errors and Intelligence in Computer-Assisted Language by Trude Heift

By Trude Heift

This ebook offers the 1st accomplished evaluate of theoretical concerns, historic advancements and present traits in ICALL (Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning). It assumes a easy familiarity with moment Language Acquisition (SLA) idea and educating, name and linguistics. it really is of curiosity to top undergraduate and/or graduate scholars who research name, SLA, language pedagogy, utilized linguistics, computational linguistics or synthetic intelligence in addition to researchers with a history in any of those fields.

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A revolution does not mean that all earlier knowledge is lost. In fact, researchers try to save as much of it as possible by reinterpreting it in the new frame- < previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 work. Parsing techniques and theories of grammar are still used, but in a more interesting way than before. CALL is likely to be among the typical fields of application of CL in the future. In ten Hacken (2001a) it is argued that the revolution in MT took place between 1988 and 1998.

There is no doubt that the development of tools (technology) depends on language—it is difficult to imagine how any tool—from a chisel to a CAT scanner—could be built without communication, without language. What is less obvious is that the development and the evolution of language—its effectiveness in communicating faster, with more people and with greater clarity—depends more and more on sophisticated tools. (European Commission, 1996, p. 1) Language and Technology. From the Tower of Babel to the Global Village (European Commission, 1996), by using an admittedly broad understanding of the term, provides the following examples of language technology: typewriter, ballpoint pen, spell checker, word processor, grammar checker, thesaurus, terminology database, printing, photocopier, laser printer, fax machine, desktop publishing, scanner, modem, electronic mail, machine translation, translator’s workbench, tape recorder, database search engines, and telephone.

They present the following points: • ICALL appears to be good for form-focused instruction offering learners the chance to work on their linguistic errors by themselves, not only to improve their performance in the foreign language but also to improve their language awareness. • ICALL appears to be good for selected kinds of students. They list the following characteristics which might influence the degree of usefulness of ICALL for certain students: • intermediate proficiency, • analytical orientation, • tolerance of ambiguity, • confidence as learners.

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