ERIC Number: ED370399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Computer-Based Language Tools for the Teaching of Language for a Special Purpose.
Cooks, Maria; Henstock, Peter
This paper describes the development and use of a computer aided instruction (CAI) software program for the teaching of Spanish for special purposes at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The program is designed to: (1) motivate students to use the computer by making it a non-threatening medium through individualization of the learning process; (2) make the process interactive by allowing the student to visualize language; and (3) achieve an eclectic learning process by using hypermedia methods to distort language. The software was developed for use in intermediate-level Spanish courses to reinforce material presented in class. The practice drills consist of matching pairs of words, multiple choice questions, cloze exercises, and unscrambling jumbled sentences. Student responses are tabulated both for direct student feedback and instructor review. An appendix provides samples of the different types of drill screens. (MDM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Purdue University IN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (12th, Ypsilanti, MI, March 31-April 3, 1993).