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Title: Déjà vu? A decade of research on language laboratories, television and video in language learning
Author: Robert Vanderplank
Institution: University of Oxford
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: The developments in the last ten years in the form of DVD, streaming video, video on demand, interactive television and digital language laboratories call for an assessment of the research into language teaching and learning making use of these technologies and the learning paradigms underpinning them. This paper surveys research on language teaching and learning using these and older technologies since 1999, and maps out some pointers for future research. The evidence suggests that research on video and language learning using DVD and other recent technologies is already well established, bringing out a number of issues for further study. In contrast, research-led implementation of the enhanced functionality of digital language laboratories is hardly in its infancy and much language laboratory use is marginal at best.


This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 43, Issue 1.

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