The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effectiveness of using technology in improving learning in general and language learning in particular. To do this, a review of recent studies in technology-enhanced learning with a specific focus on technology-enhanced language learning (TELL) was conducted. It was revealed that using different kinds of technology can have positive impacts on students’ progress in different educational contexts in general. These benefits are multidimensional and comprehensive encompassing cognitive, metacognitive, and affective domains of learning. In the case of language learning, the same results were obtained. The findings showed that technology-based language instruction can be used effectively as teacher-delivered instruction. It was also indicated that technology can have a positive effect on language learning when its potential capacities are incorporated into pedagogy and curriculum. Besides, it was demonstrated that students’ listening, writing, speaking, and reading skills were enhanced and the technology was seen to have positive impact on sub-skills such as grammar and vocabulary learning. Problem solving as one of the most significant strategies in language learning was also improved. Generally speaking, utilizing technology in the EFL/ESL context provided enjoyable environment for students to learn English. These benefits and consequences are not restricted to any specific age and gender groups.
International Letters of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy (Volume 54)
A. Ghanizadeh et al., "Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (TELL): A Review of Resourses and Upshots", International Letters of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Vol. 54, pp. 73-87, 2015