ERIC Number: ED345523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
An Example of the Use of Microcomputers in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching from a High School for the Academically Talented.
Curtin, Constance; Shinall, Stanley
IDEAL, v2 spec iss p91-96 1987
Results of two studies of microcomputer use for second language instruction at the secondary level are reported. The investigation is based on observations made at the University of Illinois' University High School, which serves academically talented students from the surrounding area. The school's computer laboratory uses software packages for French, German, Russian, and Spanish. It allows whole classes to use microcomputers simultaneously and permits use of a variety of software formats. It is concluded that computer-assisted language instruction is an excellent tool in the promotion of independent study and review that can result in better or more efficient learning. Learner characteristics seen as contributing to achievement are discussed in relation to previous research done at the university. The best software appears to be that which capitalizes on positive learner attributes. Programs that permit self-direction, provide appropriate feedback, encourage discovery about the language, and expand student awareness of the target culture are recommended. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Design, Demonstration Centers, Feedback, High Schools, Independent Study, Instructional Effectiveness, Microcomputers, Program Descriptions, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Illinois
Note: For the journal as a whole, see FL 020 212.