USING COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING FOR IMPROVING LEARNER’S SOCIO-LINGUISTIC COMPETENCE
Keywords:Communicative competence, Socio-Linguistic competence, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Blended learning, web 2.0 tools.
This research is in the language teaching area and basically concerned with improving learner’s Socio-Linguistic Competence through the use of computers and Internet which is commonly known as Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Socio- Linguistic competence usually means the knowledge and ability to use appropriate language skills in a given social context. Using well-structured andappropriate language in the right social context has always been a problem for second language learners and especially for English learners in Pakistan. One of the basic reasons is that they are unable to interpret the sentence in the target languageproperly which is most of the time misleading. The best way to overcome this problem is to provide learners with natural and real life like platform that will help them to acquire the language in a natural way. The best way to do that is to incorporate technology in language classroomssuch as Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) that uses authentic learning materials through webtools, movies, digital reading materials such as books, magazines, dictionaries etc. and social media network that provide natural learning environment that is long lasting. Many language teachers in Pakistan have started using computers and internet in their classroom in order to make class interesting and motivating for them but it is very rare that the teachers use computers and online activities for the purpose of improving language generally and specifically how to use appropriate language in a given social context. Based on the data collected through research tools i.e. questionnaires, interviews and observation sheet, the present research will prove that different webtools and activities designed in CALL classroom will help learners to not only understand the target language culture but also use language that is appropriate to that culture.