ERIC Number: ED218933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Computer-Based Instruction in Elementary Hindi.
Kachru, Yamuna; And Others
Studies in Language Learning, v3 n1 p54-73 Spr 1981
Computer-assisted instruction for Hindi courses at the University of Illinois is described in relation to the technical aspects of programming Hindi on the PLATO system and the curriculum components. The program focuses on review of the materials already covered in class and building understanding of a number of grammatical constructions by using them in varied exercises. To create the Hindi, nonroman alphabet, it was necessary to create images of the various letters. Each character image is a particular dot configuration created using a system supported editor. Some Hindi letters are composed of two character images. So that the student does not have to press nine or more keys for each letter, PLATO intercepts a key press and substitutes in its place the sequence of key presses assigned by a microtable. The Hindi materials make extensive use of the TUTOR "answer" and "wrong" commands. A decision was made to use English-Hindi correspondences as the starting point for the keyboard design. The current materials consist of 20 instructional lessons that teach the keyboard and provide practice with phonemic discrimination of syllables, grammar, and vocabulary. Two types of exercises have been programmed--exercises that are text bound that utilize grammatical construction, vocabulary, and context of the text and exercises that utilize the grammatical constructions of the texts, and draw upon the set of vocabulary encountered up to that point. Exercises focus on inflection of nouns; imperatives; optative, present habitual, present progressive, and future tenses; word-order; number, gender, and person agreement; sentences with dative subjects; and certain modal constructions. (SW)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Computer Assisted Instruction, Display Systems, Grammar, Higher Education, Hindi, Online Systems, Orthographic Symbols, Pattern Drills (Language), Programed Instructional Materials, Programing Languages, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Translation, Vocabulary Development, Written Language
Not available separately, see FL 012 990.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.