SOAS University of London

Centre for Language Pedagogy

Computer Assisted Language Learning in Asian and African Languages in Higher Education – The Road Ahead

Muaadh Salih

Date: 10 February 2012Time: 3:10 PM

Finishes: 10 February 2012Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4418

Type of Event: Forum

The genesis of CALL at SOAS can be traced to the mid 80s where the first international conference for CALL was held to evaluate current situation then and to see the road ahead. Immediately afterword SOAS started the Arabic CALL development to become the main European higher education developing and applying CALL in teaching stream and learning of Arabic language degree. However, while CALL in European Language had progressed to become a recognised research discipline and part of teaching leaning curricula, the African and Asian language learning has not kept up with the main stream.

At this workshop, we will discuss issues related to the development of CALL in general as well as pedagogical consideration (collaborative learning, teachers’ empowerment and blended learning issues ) and evaluation problems. Muaadh will demonstrate the state of Arabic language CALL development, with hands-on experience as well as the ongoing CALL for Swahili language project.

Muaadh will also present a summary report on further European African and Asian CALL network which is being actively considered.

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