Evaluation of Computer Assisted Language Learning Programs

The present study attempted to investigate the male and female teachers’ attitudes towards computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in developing English language teaching in the Iranian context. The participants of this study were 35 university teachers who were selected based on non-random convenient sampling method at the universities of Chamran and Islamic Azad Universities in Ahvaz. The research instrument was a-three-section questionnaire extracted from Shin and Son (2007). The results of the study showed that the facilities and equipment are poor and universities need to reassess CALL facilities, in the case of computer literacy and skills, teachers were enough competent and they used CALL facilities if they have access to such equipment. They all agreed that CALL facilities and training courses could be a great help for teaching English. However, they now deal with traditional techniques rather than new and computerized search for providing teaching materials. The findings of the study showed that male teachers were more interested in computer use than female ones. Younger teachers use CALL more than the adult teachers do. However, findings showed that there was a lack of technological equipment for CALL implementations that may affect EFL teachers’ motivation in using CALL technology in their teaching career. The implications of the study suggest that teachers should keep in mind that they need to be competent both in computer use and in language teaching methodologies.

Evaluation, CALL, Gender, Computer Literacy

Assessment and Evaluation

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Bahman Gorjian
    • Associate Professor, Department of Language Teaching, Abadan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Abadan, Iran, Iran Khuzestan, Iran
    • I am teaching Applied linguistics at the Islamic Azad University of Abadan, Iran