Implications of Research on Human Memory for CALL Design

  • Lee Forester
Keywords: CALL Design, Human Memory, Human Perception


A basic understanding of general research on human memory can help guide CALL design to new innovations. Though this statement seems self-evident, most CALL software does not exploit research in psychology to the fullest extent possible. In addition, many CALL software reviews do not consider issues of cognition and memory in their analyses. This article offers a brief overview of what is generally accepted about how human memory works as it applies to CALL. Such a basis can help both CALL designers and users develop a more sophisticated understanding of what CALL software can and should do in supporting learning. A number of interactions from various CALL products will be discussed in the light of the research summarized here.
How to Cite
Forester, L. (2013). Implications of Research on Human Memory for CALL Design. Calico Journal, 20(1), 99-126. Retrieved from