ERIC Number: ED150846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Assisted Instruction in Secondary School French. Final Report.
McEwen, Nelly; Robinson, Arthur
This is the final report on a project designed to determine the feasibility of implementing FRAND, a computer-assisted instructional program (CAI) as part of regular grade ten French instruction. The program, as designed at the University of Alberta, was used to teach beginning French students to read and write in the target language. The program represented approximately one semester of introductory French instruction. The subjects consisted of two classes of grade ten French students who used different texts during regular class hours, and who were bused to the University during regular French periods for one and a half hours of CAI twice weekly for a period of 10 weeks. Results of achievement comparison tests between CAI and control groups indicate that the CAI students did not suffer in terms of prescribed school curriculum even though they spent up to 30 hours less time in its use than regular groups. A questionnaire designed to measure attitudes toward FRAND was administered to the students when they had completed the final achievement test. Attitudes in both experimental groups were very positive. Advantages of CAI include the individualized nature of the instruction, the immediate feedback given to each student, and the necessity of mastery of given material before advancement to new material. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton. Div. of Educational Research.