To many L2 learners and teachers, it is not surprising to know there are various and numerous online materials provided and gained much of attention and interest. Many of them also would like to try and see how it goes, however, as for using it as one of the most significant instruction approach, it still remains a question. As a teacher as well as a learner, here are some of my points of views.
Firstly, as a teacher, before access to those recognized academic research on new technology in English learning, it is a bit risky to advocate CALL (computer-assisted language learning) since teachers are supposed to be responsible and at least confident for what we recommend. This is a part of students learning autonomy field, on the other hand, we are sometimes unsure how best to teach with new technology in terms of lack of competence， which definitely affect students’s attitudes’ on new technology as well. Without professional guidance, students will be skeptical to make use of computer in learning. Though attending online courses, reading academic research, checking up electric dictionary are the basic they could do with computer.
In the book Theory and Practice of Network-based Language Teaching, it mentions how networked computer in learning and teaching paralleled develops together with the shifting context of structural, cognitive and socio-cognitive, which has been seen roughly as a tutorial metaphor, a construction metaphor, and a toolbox metaphor according to Charles Crook.
We can put it in this, no matter in which perspective, situation, networked computer helps students with academic progression in nearly every aspect.
The CALL leads as a tutor model, consisting of grammar and vocabulary instruments in the earliest programs. Then the next generation of programs, it tends to solve testing and make learners to develop new understanding in a way of offering resources and simulated environment. Now it is more sociocognitive approaches to CALL from interaction with computers to interaction with human via computers. It allows individuals to access a learning world of speaker of the target language.
It is acknowledged that if properly used, CALL can be one of the key roles in language teaching and learning. It works as a tutor to deliver drills and practice, in the meanwhile it broadens learners horizon in creative actions during learning. With the development of networks, it connected people as global community, manipulating discourse in various ways.
Here network-based language teaching (NBLT)is a representative where can converse to with people all over the world twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week no matter where you are.