Effectiveness of a dynamic usage based computer assisted language program

Fathima Mufeeda Irshad*, Merel Keijzer, Martijn Wieling, Marjolein Verspoor

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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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