ERIC Number: ED228640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
How Microcomputers May Redefine English Teaching.
Nicholl, James R.
Although the availability, economy, and independence of microcomputers have helped renew interest in computer assisted instruction (CAI) in English, at present there are six things hindering the use of CAI in college-level English: (1) lack of money, (2) educational conservatism, (3) current hardware deficiencies, (4) English techers' lack of interest in and knowledge of computers, (5) lack of knowledge of how people learn, and (6) scarcity of CAI software. But future developments will sweep away these hinderances. By 1992, most teachers and students will have, and will be writing on, microcomputers. Learning centers will have libraries of CAI software. Televised images created by word processing programs will dynamically demonstrate the value of revision. Routine tasks will be handled by computer, allowing teachers extra time to work with students. Microelectronic technology will produce major changes in printed media, and videodisc technology will provide amazing data storage and retrieval capability. Even farther in the future lie new directions in English instruction, such as automated paper grading and other, as yet undiscovered, uses of the computer. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on English in the Two Year College (17th, Winston-Salem, NC, February 25-27, 1982).