EDictionary Use and its Effect on Vocabulary Achievement and Retention of EFL Saudi Intermediate Students

Technology has changed the face of education in the present scenario. It has provided a different kind of information on hand and on the other hand, this has enabled people to get the information faster. It plays a significant role in language studies. Computers and software today has provided not just meanings, explanations and comprehension of language but also have helped in pronunciation to a large extent which has been one challenging area of linguistic studies. The retention in language studies increases with the use of computer software. Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) has been actively applied to the second language (L2) and foreign language (FL) reading with courseware which provides a range of on-screen activities. (Son. 2001) The use of computers in language study started in the 1960s. It started with the behavioristic computer-assisted language learning. It had a drill and grill-based programs for learning. Later on, with the developments in the software and tools, it emerged into Communicative CALL in the 1970s and finally today it is integrative CALL. Communicative CALL encouraged the learning on the basis of activities while integrative CALL included various skills like listening, writing, speaking and reading. CALL software has certain benefits, which attracts administrators and teachers to opt for this software. CALL software provides a realistic model of language in a variety of media. The learner can learn a language with native-speaker models. This software follows the curriculum for each level. The language curriculum is based on the need and requirements of the students. It offers effective tools for assessments. The timely and effective assessments give the learner the idea of the areas s/he needs to improve. It is has been developed for practice-based learning. The learner can practice, evaluate herself/himself and understand the area where s/he lacks.