Is your mind boggled about all the abbreviations and acronyms you find when it comes to talking about technology and language learning? Here are a few of the more common ones, spelled out:
app – application: a program often used on a mobile device such as a cell phone or a tablet.
b-learning – blended learning (methodology that combines f2f and e-learning)
BLE – blended learning environment
BLL – blended language learning
CALI – Computer-assisted language instruction (this term was later replaced with CALL)
CALL – computer-assisted language learning
CAI – Computer-assisted instruction
CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning
CMC – computer-mediated communication
CVRE – collaborative virtual reality environment
e-learning – electronic learning
f2f – face-to-face (i.e. traditional classroom instruction)
m-learning – mobile learning (e.g. learning with mobile phones, iPads, etc.)
MALL – mobile-assisted language learning
MOO – multi-user object-oriented technology
MMO or MMOG – massively-multiplayer online game
PDA – personal digital assistant
SCA – synchronous cyber-assessment
TELL – Technology-enhanced language learning
TTS – text-to-speech
VOIP – Voice-over Internet Protocol
VR – virtual reality
WELL – Web Enhanced Language Learning
Have I missed any? If so, leave me a comment and we’ll keep adding to the list.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.