ERIC Number: ED202227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Possible Pedagogical Applications of a Talking Computer Terminal for the French-Speaking Blind to Foreign Language Teaching.
A computer system developed as a database access facilitator for the blind is found to have application to foreign language instruction, specifically in teaching French to speakers of English. The computer is programmed to translate symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) into appropriate phonemes for whatever language is being learned. In the case of French, the resulting "vocalization," while not efficient enough to be a good guide to the details of French pronunciation, is conducive to the construction of exercises designed to teach phoneme-grapheme correspondence. A table of rules for translation from French text to the IPA offers the advantage of presenting the graphical-sound correspondences of standard French in a very concise manner, with only a few constraints. The insertion of a frequency list of the 5,000 most used words in French makes the program further conducive to a great variety of exercises involving vocabulary learning. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: International Phonetic Alphabet
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (33rd, Lexington, KY, April 24-26, 1980).