Student Teachers and CALL: Personal and pedagogical uses and beliefs


  • Anne Cummings Hlas University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  • Kelly Conroy Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Susan A Hildebrandt Illinois State University



Teacher Education, Student Teachers, CALL


The student teaching semester affords teacher candidates the chance to apply what they have learned during their teacher preparation coursework. Therefore, it can be a prime opportunity for student teachers to implement computer assisted language learning (CALL) and use technology for their own language learning. This study explores United States K-12 foreign language (FL) student teachers’ use of and beliefs about CALL technologies. Four research questions guide this study: (a) How are FL student teachers using CALL for personal language learning (if at all)? (b) What do FL student teachers report they believe about their own personal language learning using CALL? (c) How are FL student teachers using CALL pedagogically (if at all)? (d) What do FL student teachers report they believe about their teacher preparation in CALL? Data from 73 FL student teachers suggest FL student teachers do not feel well prepared to use CALL technologies pedagogically and that they have a limited repertoire of technology resources. Approximately 85% of these student teachers self-report their knowledge of CALL technologies as novice or intermediate. This article examines the virtues and shortcomings of FL student teachers’ preparation and use of CALL and offers suggestions for FL teacher education.

Author Biographies

Anne Cummings Hlas, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Anne Cummings Hlas is an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire. Her research interests include second language teacher knowledge, teacher use of technology, and teacher target language use

Kelly Conroy, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Kelly Conroy teaches Spanish at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her research interests include second language teacher licensure, teacher target language use, and student use of technology.

Susan A Hildebrandt, Illinois State University

Susan A. Hildebrandt is an associate professor of applied linguistics and Spanish at Illinois State University. Her research interests include second language teacher education, professionalization, and evaluation.


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How to Cite

Cummings Hlas, A., Conroy, K., & Hildebrandt, S. A. (2017). Student Teachers and CALL: Personal and pedagogical uses and beliefs. CALICO Journal, 34(3), 336–354.