ERIC Number: ED043025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Computer Aids to Language Instruction.
This paper consists of three parts. Section 1 considers how difficult it is to analyze natural languages by computer, and, therefore how difficult it is to evaluate automatically the student's responses to some types of questions in computer-aided instruction systems for language teaching. Section 2 discusses drawbacks of conventional computer aided instruction systems for language teaching and of conventional language laboratories, and presents a picture of an idealized computer-aided instruction system as an extension of classroom instruction--a long range goal which cannot be technologically and financially achieved in the immediate future. Section 3 outlines a more modest goal that is within the bounds of the present hardware and software developments in computer sciences--that is, a system for aiding textbook authors in compiling and revising language textbooks, and for aiding classroom instructors in using textbooks in a way more suitable for their students' needs. Added to such a system is the capability for printing non-standard characters on computers, which will make it possible to produce language textbooks printed in the orthographics of the languages. (Author/FWB)
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Language Laboratories, Language Tests, Orthographic Symbols, Pattern Drills (Language), Teacher Role, Textbook Preparation, Transformational Generative Grammar
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Peace Corps, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Language Research Foundation, Cambridge, MA.
Note: From the "Final Report on Peace Corps Language Coordinators Workshop," Rockport, Massachusetts, April 26 to May 16, 1970