The Impact of CALL-mediated TBLT on L2 Reading Comprehension
Hossein Tavakoli, Department of English Language, Isfahan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran Ahmad Reza Lotfi, Department of English Language, Isfahan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran
This study investigated the effects of CALL-mediated TBLT on L2 reading comprehension. Employing a pretest-posttest/quasi-experimental design and using convenience sampling, two intact classes were chosen and each was randomly assigned as the experimental group and the control group. During the treatment sessions, the students in the experimental group received instruction in a CALL-mediated TBLT format, while the control group received only task-based instruction on reading without the mediation of technology. A reading comprehension test was used to collect the appropriate data. A univariate analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was run to see whether the treatment given to the experimental group had statistically caused any significant change in this group. The results of the ANCOVA revealed a significant positive effect for CALL-mediated TBLT on L2 reading comprehension. The results of this study have both theoretical and practical implications and might shed light on the gap between the potentials and affordances of CALL-mediated TBLT.
Keywords: CALL-mediated TBLT, computer-assisted language learning (CALL), L2 reading, task-based language teaching (TBLT)