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What’S In A Bot? L2 Lexical Development Mediated Through Icall, Kelly Arispe Mar 2014

What’S In A Bot? L2 Lexical Development Mediated Through Icall, Kelly Arispe

World Languages Faculty Publications and Presentations

In recent years, the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) has made great strides to refocus its attention on the essential role that vocabulary plays in becoming a proficient L2 learner (Nation, 2001). Moreover, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) has made advances in providing interactive online tools that help L2 learners strategically engage and work through their vocabulary development. This present study reports on how an Intelligent CALL tool (ICALL), Langbot, helps learners at the beginner and intermediate levels with their lexical acquisition. Modeled after instant messaging systems, which create a synchronous communicative environment, Langbot acts like a pedagogical scaffold ...