Current Issues in CALL

Subject 175-505 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 0 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Associate Professor Robert Debski
Phone: 8344 9655
Subject Overview: In this subject students investigate in depth several important dimensions in computer-assisted language learning (CALL): design, evaluation, computer-mediated communication (CMC), theory, research, practice and technology. This is achieved through critical reading and anaylsis of practical projects. Special attention will be devoted to the use of CMC in CALL. Students also select one topic and study it in order to develop expert understanding of that CALL area of their interest.
  • demonstrate in-depth understanding of key concepts in language learning and teaching with modern digital technology;
  • show a capacity for an analysis of advanced CALL literature;
  • develop an expert understanding of one selected area of CALL.
Assessment: A major essay of 4000 words on a selected topic (70%) due at the end of semester and an oral presentation (subsequently written up as a 1000-word mini-essay) on a selected topic given during the semester.
Prescribed Texts: Materials supplied by the department
  • CALL Dimensions   (Levy, M & Stockwell, G)  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2006
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • acquire a capacity to engage with technological development issues in contemporary society;
  • develop critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • develop a capacity to articulate their knowledge in oral and written presentations.

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