CALL in Promoting EFL Learner Autonomy at the Tertiary Level in Bangladesh
Rahman, Mohammad Mustafizur
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This paper tends to investigate the relationship between CALL (computer-assisted language learning) and EFL learner autonomy making the technology an effective learning tool. We all know that student perception of needs, knowledge of individual learning styles, ability to set goals, monitor the learning process, and carry out self-evaluation are needed for autonomous learning and CALL can ensure these pedagogical supports for the learners. A common justification for the use of CALL in language learning is that it is said to promote learner autonomy, which researchers and practitioners equally now set as a very important goal. Quoting a number of examples of current CALL applications, the paper affirms that the success of Learner Autonomy depends to a great extent on CALL programs. It also focuses on CALL strategies for student empowerment and will show how these can be implemented. At the beginning of the paper an overview of current researches related to CALL and autonomous language learning will be provided; later, it will investigate the present situation of CALL programs in Bangladesh to promote learner autonomy. Thirdly, an analysis of the implementation of CALL programs for the practice and improvement of the four language skills of autonomous learners will be developed. And finally, a guideline will be provided for the maximum benefit of autonomous learners from the CALL programs. So the paper will be divided into four main parts: (1) a brief history of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and Learner Autonomy, (2) a questionnaire survey on the current practices of CALL and Learner autonomy in Bangladesh at the tertiary level, (3) an analysis of the survey study and (4) a proper guideline for the autonomous learners to be best facilitated from the CALL programs. The researcher will attempt to demonstrate how, CALL can foster learners’ autonomy making learning more interesting, appealing, motivating and authentic in Bangladesh at the tertiary level.
- ICTERC 2013