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Title: Current Trends in Online Language Learning
Author: Robert J. Blake
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Institution: University of California, Davis
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: Online language learning (OLL) can take place in Web-facilitated, hybrid, or fully virtual classes. These formats are beginning to attract serious attention from the language profession and, in particular, the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). This article traces recent studies of online learning and then focuses in on its application to language learning through tutorial CALL, social computing, and games for language learning. I strive to show that tutorial CALL and computer-mediated communication can complement each other in the service of modern language instruction, along with the inclusion of language games. Although assessment studies of OLL remain sparse, the evidence is steadily mounting that shows that these new formats can provide learning environments conducive to successful second language development when properly integrated into the curriculum.


This article appears IN Annual Review of Applied Linguistics Vol. 31, Issue 1.

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