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ERIC Number: ED139269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Potential and Limitation of Computer Assisted Instruction in the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Haas, Werner
This paper discusses the potential and limitations of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and its relationship to individualized language instruction. Two tutorial programs are described which are designed to teach German grammar to first-year students. Both are fully integrated with the course classroom, lab, homework, and textbook. One salient feature of CAI is its compatibility with principles of individualized instruction, e.g. pacing, one-to-one tutoring, branching technique, and insistence on performance level. Its greatest potential lies in its use in remedial work. Although at present only reading and writing skills are incorporated, there is no reason why oral comprehension and speaking cannot be included in the future. For the most part student reaction to CAI is favorable. Limitations of CAI include: (a) lack of sufficient testing and evaluation guidelines at present; (b) logistics problems; and (c) uneasiness on the part of teachers who view CAI as a threat to their job. An index and samples of German pattern practices are appended. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (New Orleans, Louisiana, November l976) ; Print quality may be marginally legible