ERIC Number: ED242204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Needs and Development Opportunities for Educational Software for Foreign Language Instruction in Schools. Executive Summary.
Stolurow, Lawrence M.; Cubillos, Enrique M.
Results of a national survey of teachers, authors, administrators, distributors, and publishers reveal their perceptions of current needs and opportunities for development of microcomputer courseware for foreign language instruction. The study, which consisted of a literature review, a database review, a series of seven workshops, and consultation of a national advisory panel, is summarized. It was found that more needs than opportunities for materials development exist. The most wanted opportunity was more training in microcomputer-assisted instruction. The most-identified need was for more courseware, beyond the over 500 packages already available in 14 languages. Existing courseware was found to consist primarily of drill and practice and tutorials, with the remainder in games and simulation. Teacher preference was for drill and practice. Need was expressed for more prepublication quality control and improved evaluation and dissemination for teachers. Computer magazines were the main source of evaluations, with foreign language professional journals carrying little information. Teachers wanted cultural and civilization materials in addition to language skills materials, and were interested in open-ended or modifiable programs but not in the use of authoring languages. Better voice quality in the output of peripheral devices was also desired. Recommendations are made for software development, teacher training and support, developing capabilities, and the role of schools in influencing software development. (MSE)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Material Development, Microcomputers, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Second Language Instruction, Technological Advancement
CEED, The University of Iowa, 218 Lindquist Center, Iowa City, IA 52242.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Center for Educational Experimentation, Development, and Evaluation.