Strategies employed by users of a Japanese computer assisted language learning (CALL) program

  • Elizabeth Vincent Monash University
  • Maureen Hah Monash University


Significant use of Computer Assisted Language Learning CALL began in the 1960s. Since then development of CALL software has followed the changes in teaching methodologies. As teaching methods changed to audio-lingual and communicative approaches, CALL software included simulations and more interactive programs. Research has shown that learning strategies employed in CALL can affect the quality of learning in the language. A case study approach was used to investigate the language learning strategies employed by students using the NihingoWare I software for the learning of Japanese. The participants studied at Monash University in the Department of Japanese Studies. Investigation of the strategies used showed that there were special Program Use Strategies which have not previously been noted in language learning. In addition, language using strategies which are commonly used in non-computer learning situations were not employed by the participants. This suggests that computer software designers need to be aware of language learning strategies for effective design of CALL to enhance learning.


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