(2013). Distance CALL online.
In: Thomas, Michael; Reinders, Hayo and Warschauer, Mark eds.
Contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning.
Contemporary Studies in Linguistics.
London: Continuum Books, pp. 141–158.
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This chapter identifies a distinction between CALL and distance CALL, two fields of activity wrongly assumed to be overlapping in much of the discourse of CALL. Two factors, one political and the other conceptual, contribute to this misunderstanding. One, political, leads to under-articulation by DCALL researchers and practitioners of the unique features of their work. The other, conceptual, refers to the distance education industry’s inability to establish and sustain a coherent terminology for its activities.. In order to dispel these misconceptions and to arrive at a definition of DCALL that accurately reflects that field and its neighbour, CALL, a discussion of the political background is followed by a section in which the terminology of distance learning (henceforth DL) is clarified and the uniqueness of DL defined. Two further sections address the implications that derive from this definition, introduce an integrated model of teaching and learning in DL and map it on to examples from the distance language learning literature. The chapter closes with considerations on current and future research directions.
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