ERIC Number: ED218934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
A Computer-Assisted Program for the Teaching of Modern Hebrew.
Cole, Peter; And Others
Studies in Language Learning, v3 n1 p74-91 Spr 1981
The use of PLATO computer assisted instructional materials to teach Modern Hebrew at the University of Illinois is considered. To enable students to progress toward competency with the full range of styles in use in Israel including conversation, journalistic, and literary Hebrew, an emphasis is placed on informal spoken Hebrew during the first year. The classroom work is accompanied by about an hour and a half of computer practice a week. The only portion of the PLATO curriculum that does not allow students complete freedom with regard to what exercises they wish to do is the grammar section. After completion of an exercise, the student is told the score which is recorded for the teacher, but which is not used in grading. Students may be required to do an additional exercise on the same topic. Word games that draw upon the student's vocabulary knowledge and a spelling bee where students challenge one another are included. Students may elect to do a crossword puzzle, the content of which reflects the vocabulary of the unit studied that week. They may also choose to do review drills on the Hebrew verb conjugations and the Hebrew number names. Recently the TUTOR programming language has been modified to incorporate system-level implementation of leftward written texts and student responses, and the PLATO system uses a special character set to write in Hebrew. Since the PLATO markup algorithm was designed primarily to deal with English phonetic structure and orthography, it does not properly handle several common errors made by Hebrew students. Future plans may include instruction in Biblical Hebrew, which would enable students of Modern Hebrew to learn the grammatical differences between the two forms of Hebrew. (SW)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Games, Feedback, Grammar, Hebrew, Higher Education, Online Systems, Orthographic Symbols, Pattern Drills (Language), Programed Instructional Materials, Programing Languages, Puzzles, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Translation, Vocabulary Development, Writing Skills, 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.
Identifiers - Location: Israel