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ERIC Number: ED104163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 15
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Reference Count: 0
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Siren Songs and a Skeptic.
O'Brien, George M.
This paper reports on an on-going experiment in computer-aided language instruction. In 1972, a class of beginning German students at the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota volunteered to test two pedagogic theories: (1) Could a computer-aided course be used by a class and an instructor who knew nothing of computers and who had to rely on telephone hookups to access the program? (2) Would the computer program help individualize language instruction? Conclusions were positive on both counts. The computer-assisted instructional (CAI) program overcame some of the common objections of students to standard individualized materials. The computer component freed class sessions for greater use of the target language. Computer-supplemented language instruction helped both the instructor and the students recognize their roles in language teaching and learning. The use of dedicated telephone lines for CAI would make the positive benefits of this tool available to language teachers everywhere at acceptable costs to administrators. (Author/PMP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Computers and the Humanities (2nd, Los Angeles, California, April 1975)