ERIC Number: ED248724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Computer Simulation and ESL Reading.
Wu, Mary A.
It is noted that although two approaches to second language instruction--the communicative approach emphasizing genuine language use and computer assisted instruction--have come together in the form of some lower level reading instruction materials for English as a second language (ESL), advanced level ESL reading materials using computer simulation and games are not yet available. The structures of traditional foreign language simulations and of computer simulations are outlined and compared, and a model for computerized foreign language simulation is outlined. One simulation program currently used to teach elementary school students basic geological concepts is described. Three short-term classroom-centered studies of computer simulation in upper-intermediate and advanced level ESL at Portland State University are then described and their results are discussed. It is concluded that although no definitive claim can be made, computer simulation does increase active involvement in reading for understanding, is integrative and flexible, requires extra time, and should be stopped when goals are achieved and be followed immediately by followup feedback and exercises. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Portland State University OR
Note: Paper presented at the Summer Meeting of Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages (6th, Corvallis, OR, July 13-14, 1984).