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ERIC Number: ED218938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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PLATO Esperanto Materials.
Sherwood, Judith
Studies in Language Learning, v3 n1 p123-28 Spr 1981
A summary is presented of types of Esperanto materials available on PLATO--a general overview section, a picture introduction, lessons that accompany a textbook, vocabulary drills, crossword puzzles, dictation drills, reading practice, and a concentration game. The general overview lesson gives a comprehensive summary of the history and grammatical structure of Esperanto. Picture introduction and the crossword puzzle are designed to present some simple exercises using no English explanations. The pronunciation drills can be used with audio disks, with Votrax speech synthesizer, or with screen explanations only. One section of the picture vocabulary drills uses line drawings, but most use character sets. The PLATO series is designed to parallel text chapters, and it covers all of the material without duplicating any of the examples or exercises from the test. The nonpicture vocabulary drills and the crossword puzzle lessons use a unique and relatively new feature of PLATO: processor lessons. Instead of choosing a lesson and selecting an appropriate database from within the lesson, it is now possible to choose the database directly, without complicated codeword checks or interlesson transitions. The vocabulary drill enables students to see a word and touch the matching definition, see a definition and touch the matching word, see a definition and type the matching word, hear the word and touch the word or definition, or type the word as in a dictation drill using a speech synthesizer. The reading lessons present real stories, articles, or essays, and the student can page forward or backward through the story, and can request the computer to define unfamiliar words (by roots and grammatical endings). (SW)
Not available separately, see FL 012 990.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.