A major focus of research in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) has been the identification and implementation of Feedback Strategies that facilitate student learning. Much of this research has been carried out on procedural skills teaching systems in areas such as algebra, physics or computer programming. Nonetheless, very little emphasis has been placed on studies and research on these types of strategies for language learning (Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Foreign Language). This article is an attempt to clearly establish the importance and necessity of feedback and reinforcement in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). A brief description will be given about CALL, and its significance for second and foreign language learning. The terms ‘feedback’ and ‘reinforcement’ will be explained, with a view to establishing their inevitability in language learning. Subsequently, a discussion of these very terms will be discussed in the light of CALL, touching on some experiments done in this regard and stressing their centrality in determining the effective use of the computer to promote language learning. The suitability of Artificial Intelligence in language processing and second and foreign language error correction will be established.
- second language acquisition,
- intelligent tutoring system,
- language teaching and learning,
- artificial intelligence.
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