ERIC Number: ED052603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Computer-Assisted Instruction Program in the Arabic Writing System.
Abboud, Victorine C.; Bunderson, C. Victor
In contrast to language-teaching systems which stress conversation, this system for teaching Arabic starts by presenting the written language. One reason for doing so is that knowing how to write Arabic characters helps students to remember the unfamiliar sounds of this language. A computer-assisted instruction (CAI) program was felt to be more efficient and rapid than either conventional teaching or programed instruction because it allows for individual instruction and immediate feedback. To cover the objectives of this course, the CAI program is divided into four cycles, each of which presents seven letters and a few diacritics. This report describes the lessons, the hardware and software requirements, and the procedures employed in authoring and producing the program. Development of the course followed the instructional design model developed at the University of Texas CAI Laboratory. Tryouts of the course showed that its use prevented the usual attrition in attendance which had occurred previously because of the long time required by other methods to teach the writing system. Also the standard deviation for the CAI group was much smaller and the learning gains for slower students were greater enabling them to approach the proficiency of the best students. (JK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Computer-Assisted Instruction Lab.