By Martha C Pennington, Vance C. Stevens

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The availability of an online dictionary reduces to a few key-presses such ancillary steps and helps ensure that most labour done is authenticin this instance, the labour involved in discerning the meaning of the word in question (see Witton, this volume, Chapter 13 for an example of a similar implementation). After surveying a number of CALL developers in the United States, Johnson (1985) concludes that the computer could be much better used 'as a tool to accomplish functional tasks' than as a vehicle for 'traditional or even communicative CALL'; and that the study of language when using computers should be a 'by-product' of instruction focusing on tasks related to social and academic success in school (pp.

Previous frameworks, such as those in Curtin & Shinall (1987), Hubbard (1987), Phillips (1985), Underwood (1984), and Wyatt (1987), to name a few, have focused on only a part of the overall < previous page page_42 next page > < previous page page_43 next page > Page 43 methodological picture, failing to address the conditions specified in one or more of the preceding principles. (2) By its comprehensiveness, the framework would provide an integrated and internally consistent metalanguage for discussion of issues in CALL, documentation of design decisions, and published reviews.

Acknowledgements I owe many thanks to Martha Pennington, whose meticulous feedback on the various drafts led to many improvements in this paper; also to Alan Beretta and Roger Griffiths, who constructively played Devil's Advocates. , W. SMALZER & H. ABDULAZIZ (1985) The Computer Book: Programming and Language Skills for Students of ESL. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. , G. CORBETT, M. ROGERS & R. SUSSEX (1985) Computers, Language Learning and Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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