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ERIC Number: ED161422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Project Straight-Talk.
Nix, Don
The structure of a computer assisted instruction (CAI) system designed to teach various straight-talk production skills, which are primarily defined in terms of syntactic features, is described. Project Straight Talk (PST) uses the terms "straight" talk and "everyday" talk to refer, respectively, to standard and non-standard dialects. PST teaches straight talk as a "second" dialect which is to be related to, compared with, and added on to everyday talk. This paper focuses on the content of the teaching material included in PST, and on PST as a CAI system that is independent of teaching material. PST is written in Coursewriter III and is composed of three functionally different, but interrelated components: (1) a monitor which executes the actual course material; (2) a set of macros that enable authors to write Preview, Tutorial, and Practice phases using whatever topic content is needed; and (3) the content material itself, of which there are 30 topics currently written. The issue of how to teach language production skills is complex, however, and no claims are made beyond the fact that this seems to be a plausible approach to teaching certain aspects of straight talk syntax to children for whom everyday talk is standard dialect. (VT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instructional Systems (Dallas, Texas, March 1-4, 1978); For related document, see IR 006 231