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ERIC Number: ED123884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 11
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The Future Impact of Technology on Education in Foreign Languages. Working Paper for the Steering Committee of the MLA/FLP '70's.
Rivers, Wilga M.
The last decade has witnessed considerable advances in the development of hardware for foreign language teaching; yet advances in the production of software, which demands tremendous outlays of time, imagination, and energy, have not kept pace. In order to tap the potential of instructional machines, educators must attempt to obviate the economic obstacles, as well as the inflexible pedagogical approaches, characteristic of past experiences with machine aids. In the future, teachers will need proper training (and credit for their training), simple-to-operate and readily-available equipment and materials, and a personal conviction as to the usefulness and efficacy of machine-assisted instruction. Other practical suggestions include making equipment available to the community, training media technicians in the needs of foreign languages, profiting from grass-roots teacher suggestions, continually sharing information within the profession, and demonstrating that the cost of the equipment can be justified by the resultant improved learning. As the expectations of the 1960's were for the most part unrealized, expectations for the 1970's must, in the words of Wilkins, "be specified, rather than hoped-for, concrete rather than speculative." (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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