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Vegetarian vampires: why the CALL technology provider doesn't have to suck the teacher's blood

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Author Chua Cathy, Rayner Manny,
Project A Crowdsourcing Platform for Spoken CALL Content
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Place Seville, Spain
DOI 10.21125/iceri.2019

Open Access

Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


Academics hunt for data the way vampires look for blood. It keeps them alive, but it means, just like vampires, that they leave behind a path strewn with victims. Furthermore, their insatiable requirements for data frequently leave them unable or unwilling to create fair, ethical relationships with others. In this paper, we focus on the relationship between CALL technology providers and language teachers. Typically, academics in the area of CALL technology require the support of language teachers to enable what they are doing. The academics get feedback and data. The teachers, in contrast, will in most cases have little to show for their cooperation but a distraction and interruption from the normal flow of their teaching and a vague feeling that they may have contributed to ‘progress’. We examine the causes of this situation from practical and philosophical perspectives, then consider the specific case of our own group: how we have behaved less than ethically in the past, and what we can do to try and behave more ethically in the future.