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ERIC Number: ED123930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
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Language Teaching Research and the Computer.
Belmore, N. Fargo
Sweden makes great effort to teach every citizen English. However, the simplistic views of language teaching which fad and folklore promote have made it difficult to achieve cumulative, verifiable improvements in teaching. This report briefly reviews previous systems of quantitative, partially automated analysis of language teaching materials which seek to replace dogma and apologetics by scientific method. It then describes the first application of quantitative textual analysis to a language teaching experiment. It describes programs which have been used to edit, update and analyze five sets of teaching materials (approximately 173,000 running words), and to generate and analyze experimental tests which, though simple in concept, have only now, through the use of computers, become both practically efficient and economically feasible. The concluding chapter considers both further applications and implications of this and similar research for the future of language teaching. (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Data Analysis, English (Second Language), Language Instruction, Programed Instruction, Programed Instructional Materials, Second Language Learning, Testing, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Preparation, Textbooks
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Swedish Council for Social Science Research, Stockholm.
Authoring Institution: N/A