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ERIC Number: ED208711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Computer-Assisted Instruction in Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin.
Abboud, Victorine
A computer-assisted instructional program to teach the Arabic writing system and elementary vocabulary and comprehension, which was developed at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin in cooperation with the university's College of Liberal Arts, is described. Among the benefits of the computer-assisted approach are that the active participation of the student maintains interest and alertness, quick reinforcement and feedback promotes learning correct answers and reduces the possibility of repeating the same error; and the student can follow a flexible learning pathway suited to individual capacities and needs. The following instructional design model has been developed at the computer-assisted instructional laboratory: describe the contractual agreement between staff and student; describe the order of presentation, the number of tests, the conditions for success in a test, the branching techniques, and the number of frames in each section; write a clear definition of the goals and behavioral objectives and carefully analyze the course content; describe what a learner must do to demonstrate that the objectives have been reached; specify the learning hierarchy and intermediate objectives needed to reach the terminal objectives; determine the individualizing techniques to be used; and choose the interface techniques. It is suggested that correct analysis of the content and objectives of the course forms the foundation for choosing the most appropriate display of subject matter, response techniques the student can use, and subsequent feedback by the computer. Appended materials include a description of the computer-assisted instructional program for modern standard Arabic, including sample frames, and a reprint of an article that describes the writing system ("The Computer as an Instructional Devise for the Arabic Writing System," 1972, by Victorine C. Abboud). (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers: University of Texas Austin