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A Praxis of Task-Based Teaching and Mobile Assisted Language Use: Huw Jarvis

Two of the most significant trends in TESOL over the last twenty years or so are the rise of task-based language teaching (TBLT) and the growth of technology. With TBLT we see a challenging of more traditional structure-based models of delivery, and the increased capacity and mobility of computer desktops, laptops, notebooks and other mobile devices have had an impact on how we work, rest and play–it is all done with and through language, and the language which dominates in a globalised interconnected digital era is English. Little wonder, then, that getting students to do things through language, at times with Computers and Other Mobile Devices (CaOMDs), is an area of ever-growing interest.

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Jarvis identifies task-based approaches and technology integration as most notable recent changes in language teaching and learning and suggests ways to combine them effectively.

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From Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) to Mobile Assisted Language Use (MALU)

From Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) to Mobile Assisted Language Use (MALU) | TELT | Scoop.it

In this recent TESL-EJ articles, Jarvis and Achilleos review different  terminology for connecting technology and SLA (TELL, WELL, NBLL).  On the basis of questionnaire data showing EFL users' preferences for mobile technology, they suggest changing two letters in the CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) acronym: Computer becomes Mobile and Learning become Use in MALU (Mobile Assisted Language Use).

 

The authors conclude that "MALU now needs to be our defining point of reference in keeping TESOL at the vanguard."

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Which I suppose is fine if English is your frame of reference.  If the field is to include other languages, it's not so easy to make the argument.

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Is CALL Obsolete? Jarvis & Krashen, 2014

Is CALL Obsolete? Jarvis & Krashen, 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it
Is the term CALL still appropriate?"The implications of the research presented here are clear: The term CALL is obsolete, because its focus is limited to the computer, and because of its emphasis on conscious learning. Alternative acronyms such as Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) or Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) account for some changes in the field, but continue to focus on conscious learning. It is time to move beyond CALL. MALU (Mobile Assisted Language Use) as defined by Jarvis and Achilleos (2013) is a significant improvement when discussing electronic devices: MALU covers more than desktop and even laptop computers, and makes it clear that more than language instruction and/or learning is involved."
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Two main reasons to reject the CALL label involving the L of CALL: Krashen's well-known objection to the role of conscious "learning" and the C of CALL: L2 speakers'  patterns of internet access in English via mobile rather than desktop devices.

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