ERIC Number: ED086247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The SPELLINGCLUES Project at Red Deer College: Dialogue With the Computer as an Approach Toward Improving English Spelling.
Bubba, Lydia; Thorhallsson, Jon
A computer-assisted instructional (CAI) program jointly sponsored by the English and Computer Science Departments at Red Deer College is being used to examine the ability of the computer to drill students in spelling. The program, called SPELLINGCLUES, runs in FORTRAN IV on an IBM 360/67 computer and covers a list of 100 frequently misspelled words. Students are asked, via audiotapes, to spell the words; the accompanying dialogue responds to both correct and incorrect answers, analyzes errors, provides examples of usage, and reminds students of appropriate spelling rules. Students control the sequence and pace of their individual programs and work in an atmosphere of privacy and anonymity. Formal evaluation has not yet been conducted, but preliminary indications are that the program is successful. A revised edition is being prepared, which will be capable of more flexible diagnosis and which will be able to handle unexpected errors. In addition, more complex CAI programs are being planned to combine spelling drill with other aspects of written communication, such as punctuation and vocabulary usage. (PB)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Drills (Practice), Higher Education, Individual Instruction, Individualized Programs, Interaction, Program Descriptions, Spelling, Spelling Instruction, Teaching Machines
Supplementary tapes ONLY; Computer Services, Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 5H5, Canada. ATTN: Dr. J. Thorhallsson
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Red Deer Coll. (Alberta).
Note: Paper presented at the Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instructional Systems Conference (Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 1973) See also IR 000 103