Catherine Caws

Catherine Caws

PhD (British Columbia)

Office: Clearihue C232

Catherine Caws has been teaching French language and linguistics courses at UVic since 2002.  Her research focuses on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), and, more particularly, on learning design, learner-computer interactions and data-driven learning.  Her work is strongly influenced by constructivist and socio-cultural theories of learning, in particular activity theory (AT) as it relates to CALL. She has authored many articles related to students’ success in higher education and runs a blog on “Teaching French in the 21st century.”

Spring 2018 Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30pm - 2:30pm; Friday 11am - 12:15 pm


  • Computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Data-driven learning and corpus linguistics (Second language)
  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Lexicology and lexicography

Find out more in Catherine Caw's expertise profile and Faces of UVic Research video.

Research projects

Leadership Opportunity Fund (LOF) / Canadian Foundation for Innovation. The Digital L2 Learning Lab is an experimental lab to test and analyse the use of digital technologies and tools in language learning and humanities. Follow us on Twitter @dl2lab and check our website for more information

"Usability tests in CALL development: Insights on the Learner-Task-Tool Interaction". A SSHRC funded project in collaboration with Dr. Marie-Josée Hamel (U Ottawa). 2010-2013. (410-2010-0356).

FrancoToile: a searchable digital library of video clips representing the Francophonie. Prtotype available at Please contact me to obtain access. or use your UVic netlink id. SSHRC Funded- 2010-2013.

"Learning and teaching impact of a French learning object repository." In collaboration with Simon Fraser University and Faculté St Jean (U of Alberta) sponsored by SSHRC (820-2004-1050).

Selected publications

Caws, C. and Hamel, M.-J. (Eds). Learner Computer Interactions: new insights on CALL theories and applications. Language studies, Sciences and Engineering. John Benjamins.

Caws, C. & Heift, T. (2016) Evaluation in CALL: Tools, interactions, outcomes. In F. Farr & Murray, L. (eds) The Routledge handbook of language learning and technology (pp. 127-140), New York, NY: Routledge.

Blin, F., Caws, C., Hamel, M.-J., Heift, T., Schulze, M., Smith, B. (2015) Sustainable interaction-based research in CALL. In A. M. Gimeno Sanz & all. WorldCALL: Sustainability and Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching series (pp.119-132), London: Bloomsbury Academic.

"Improviser dans l'espace numérique: des enjeux pour les acteurs de la scène éducative". Nouvelle Revue Synergie Canada, 8, 2015. Available online.

Heift, T. & Caws, C. "Constructing a Data-driven Learning Tool with Recycled Learner Data". International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 4(4), 79-93, October-December 2014.

Caws, C. & Hamel, M.J.  "From analysis to training: recycling interaction data into learning processes". Cahiers de l'ILOB, volume 5. pp. 25-36.

“Evaluating a web-based video corpus through an analysis of user-interactions”.  ReCALL Journal, 25(1), 2013. pp. 85–104.

“Engaging students through electronic writing tasks: when learning design matters”.  C. Wankel and P. Blessinger, Eds.  Increasing Learner Engagement through Cutting-edge Technologies.  Emerald Publishing Group’s. Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education series. 2012. pp.  91-119.

Caws, C., Hamel, M.-J. & Schulze, M. Editors. CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium) Journal.  Special Issue on CALL in Canada. Volume 28, No.3, 2011. 211 pages.

Caws, C., Hamel, M.-J. & Schulze, M. “CALL in Canada:  Examples of Current Research.  Introduction to the Special Issue”.  CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium) Journal Volume 28, No.3, 2011. pp. 571-578.

Caws, C. (2011). “Les apports de la technologie au développement de la compétence culturelle : le cas de la FrancoToile”. In H. De Fontenay, D. Groux, and G. Leidelinger (Ed.).  Classes de langues et culture(s): vers l’interculturalité. Actes du 9ème colloque international de l’AFDECE (pp. 385-401).   Paris:  L’Harmattan. 

Hamel, M.-J. et Caws, C. Usability Tests in CALL Development: Pilot Studies in the Context of the Dire autrement and FrancoToile, CALICO Journal 27(3) 2010. pp. 491-504.

Contexte et culture en enseignement du FLS: de la création d'un corpus à son exploitation linguistique. Mélanges CRAPEL 31, 2009. pp. 205-222. Article online. 

Development and Implementation of a Learning Object Repository for French Teching and Learning: Issues and Promises. CALICO Journal 26 (1) 2008. pp. 123-141. 

Schuerholz-Lehr, S., Caws, C., Van Gyn, G. & Preece, A. "Internationalizing the higher education curriculum: An emerging model for transforming faculty perspectives". The Canadian Journal of Higher Education, vol. 37, issue number 1, 2007, pp. 67-94.

Courses taught

  • FRAN 160 (Words in context)
  • FRAN 265 (French Connections), FRAN 275 (Writing in French I)
  • FRAN 400 (phraséologie / lexicologie et sémantique lexicale), FRAN 470 (Studies in Culture, Literature or Language of the French-Speaking World)
  • FRAN 502 (ALOA), FRAN 503 (sémantique), FRAN 504 (langue, technologie et société)