ERIC Number: ED240832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-20
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Based Foreign Language Instruction in Illinois Schools: A Review of Literature, Some Preliminary Observations, and Recommendations for Consideration by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Blomeyer, Robert L., Jr.
This report provides information to guide establishment of state policy and practice on the use of microcomputers for foreign language instruction in Illinois schools. It consists of: (1) an overview of literature on the use of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) in foreign language teaching, from early efforts at instruction with mainframe computers to more recent developments in microcomputer applications, including a discussion of instructional formats and program types; (2) a brief preliminary report on efforts in selected Illinois school districts to integrate CAI and second language teaching; and (3) recommendations for specific actions by the state board of education. Systematic use of CAI was found only in large Chicago-area schools, with few foreign language teachers using the available resources. Lack of software emerged as a significant obstacle. Recommendations include provision of training for foreign language teachers in general educational computer use and field-specific applications through currently-funded programs and follow-up training, (2) amendment of certification requirements to include basic instructional computer literacy, (3) a possible required secondary school course in computer literacy, (4) district clarification of computer policy, (5) support to purchase and develop software, and (6) a statewide inventory of applicable resources. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.; Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.
Authoring Institution: N/A