ERIC Number: ED193940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Two-Pronged Error Analysis from Computer-Based Instruction in Latin.
Culley, Gerald R.
A technique for Latin instruction has been developed which uses the Programmed Learning for Automated Teaching (PLATO) computer system. The program, which conjugates Latin verbs and declines nouns and adjectives, represents an improvement over traditional computer teachers. While older systems only told the student when he made an error, the PLATO program can tell him what kind of error he has made. There are several benefits to this. Once the computer is provided with a set of noun and adjective bases and case endings, it can combine these elements to produce correct Latin forms. A small amount of computer memory is needed to produce a great number of Latin forms, thus combining the contents of many lessons into one. Another benefit is error analysis. Since the computer knows what kind of error the student makes and tells him, the student can concentrate on his problem areas. As the computer tabulates the different types of errors, the instructor can discern problem areas by studying relative frequencies of these errors. The program thus assists Latin instruction at both ends, and can be a valuable tool for pedagogy. (PJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Delaware Symposium on Language Studies (October 18-20, 1979).