Blast from the past: Unfulfilled? or Invisible?

The following is based on a post in on 28 July 2013

The following statement, which I produced a long time ago (1991 – before ever hearing of rhizomes), reminds me of my ongoing pedagogic objectives and of some important principles. In 1987+ (when the sentence was actually formulated) people felt that these objectives were desirable but not yet achieved. Now, some 27 years later (2013), nothing has changed much. People at a major Asian CALL conference (with people from all over the world) still agreed that these objectives were desirable but not yet achieved (with, perhaps, occasional unidentified pockets of experimentation). 

Learning and CALL “[..] should be moving toward “a very open, negotiable and negotiated, highly task-oriented, resource-based learning network where people will progress at their own pace in a relatively asynchronous fashion.” (Lian, 1992). Under these circumstances learners can, and indeed, must be given control over the ways in which they can select and interact with learning materials of all kinds, including computer-based materials.” (Lian, 1991)

Lian, A-P.  (1991). ‘What is CALL software?’, Originally an invited paper read to the FIPLV/Eurocentres seminar on: The use, application and limitations of new computer-based technology in foreign language learning, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, September 1988. Subsequently read as a keynote address to the State Conference of the Computer Education Group of Queensland, 1989. On-Call, 5(4), pp. 2-8.

Lian, A-P. (1992). Intelligence in CALL. (invited) paper read to the International CALL Symposium held within the World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics, Sydney, August 1987. In Pennington, M. & Stevens, V. (Eds): Computers in Applied Linguistics: An International Perspective, Multilingual Matters: Clevedon, Avon, UK.  pp. 66-76.