Vocabulary CALL for Young ESL/EFL Learners: A Systematic Review of the Research Evidence

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Title of host publicationEngaging language learners through technology integration
DatePublished - 2014
Number of pages27
Publisher IGI Global
EditorsShuai Li, Pete Swanson
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)9781466661745


This chapter presents a systematic review of empirical research on vocabulary CALL for primary and secondary learners of English as a foreign or second language published between 2004 and 2013. Twenty-two studies were identified, the majority of which focused on the use of multimedia to communicate the meaning of lexical items and mobile devices to provide “anytime anywhere” vocabulary training, and which found a beneficial impact of the use of technology on vocabulary learning. However, while some of the studies provided a theoretically grounded rationale for their choice of technology, the design of some of the studies was found to limit their usefulness in terms of furthering our understanding of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and building up an evidence base to inform the design of future vocabulary CALL. The chapter concludes by highlighting examples of studies which were found to contribute to furthering our understanding of CALL and SLA.

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