CALICO Journal, Vol 14, No 1 (1996)

Language Learning on the World Wide Web: Toward a Framework of Network Based CALL

Yong Zhao
Issued Date: 7 Aug 2014


This article considers the use of the World Wide Web in second language learning within a new framework of language learning. Viewing second language learning as peripheral participation, this framework provides a better structure within which the use of networked-based technology can be discussed. The model of new concepts of CALL proposed within the context of the Internet, particularly the Web, is a result of viewing second language acquisition as situated learning. A Web-based project is discussed to illustrate this model. The project, EX•CHANGE, exemplifies the principles of Web-based CALL projects, especially the one conceptualized as Virtual Communities of Language Learners. EX•CHANGE has been in operation for over a year, we have seen much of the expected results -- peripheral participation -- take place. In the past year, EX•CHANGE has become a leading Web-based project for ESL learners. It is hoped that the prototype community of learners piloted through EX•CHANGE can provide some light for future explorations.

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DOI: 10.1558/cj.v14i1.37-51


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