Dialogue-Based Call: A Case Study on Teaching Pronouns
This project examined the use of a computer assisted language learning (CALL) system to assist with the learning of basic Māori language. This system works by engaging students in a task-based conversation in order to practice specific features of language and to provide opportunities for meaning to be negotiated.
The system was evaluated to observe its effectiveness at enhancing the learning outcomes of students in an introductory Māori course at one New Zealand university. To collect data, observations were made of students in an initial cohort using the CALL system. A further stage of the research involved measuring the learning outcomes of a different cohort of students using the system, relative to student who did not use the system. This was measured through comparing the results of the two groups on a written test measuring knowledge of the Māori system of personal pronouns.
Vlugter, P., Knott, A., McDonald, J., & Hall, C. (2009) Dialogue-based CALL: a case study on teaching pronouns. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 22(2), 115-131.