Computer-Assisted Language Learning: A Panacea for Grammar Development

Kamran Mehrgan

Abstract


A surge of using computers and multimedia programs have recently caused language teaching and learning to undergo sharp changes. The Internet has also proved to be an arena for those who pursue to learn a second/foreign language. It should be pointed out that multimedia programs undoubtedly have contributed to educators to develop the type of learning curriculum which is grounded upon these technologies. Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) is among those programs which has caused this drastic change. The present study investigated the effects of CALL on improving EFL learners' grammatical ability. To this aim, a multiple-choice test of grammar, of which the reliability was 0.79, was administered to 83 available TEFL students out of whom 60 students were selected as homogeneous and randomly divided into two groups of 30: a control group and an experimental group. The experimental group was taught English grammar through CALL and the control group received a non-CALL instruction on grammatical structures. The results of the study through a posttest revealed the fact that the experimental group outperformed the control group. Therefore, CALL appeared to be useful in developing English grammar of the TEFL students.

Keywords


CALL; Second/Foreign Language Acquisition; Grammar Development.

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