Do New Technologies Facilitate the Acquisition of Reading Skills? A Systematic Review of the Research Evidence

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ConferenceBritish Association of Applied Linguistics
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityAberdeen
Conference date(s)9/09/1011/09/10

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DatePublished - 2010
Number of pages10
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Introduction:
In 2009, Spain launched its Escuela2.0 initiative, which aims to digitalise
over 14,000 classrooms in primary and secondary schools (Presidencia del
Gobierno 2009). Similarly, China is planning to provide 90 per cent of
schools with Internet connectivity by 2010 (UNESCO 2009). Following
similar initiatives in the UK, the National Curriculum now requires the use
of technology in modern foreign languages. Countries such as Spain and
China may, therefore, soon require the same in English as a Foreign
Language (EFL) classes. Consequently, there is a need to assess the state of
the art of new technologies7 in language learning (henceforth Computer-
Assisted Language Learning; CALL)8 in primary and secondary education,
sectors not traditionally associated with CALL (Jung 2005). The results of
a systematic review (as defined by the EPPI-Centre 2007) conducted in
response to this need are presented here.

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