ERIC Number: ED238280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Applying Microcomputers in the Foreign Language Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities.
Surveys indicate that while most elementary and secondary school teachers have access to microcomputers, the majority have not applied computer technology in their classrooms. Some teachers are apprehensive and negative toward computers, but in many cases this reflects a lack of information and training and a perceived shortage of software more than a rejection of computer applications. Computers are effective in producing a variety of instructional aids (drill and practice, tutorials, testing, simulations, games, and dialogue), creating positive learning experiences, and improving student attitudes. The unique feedback, variety, and efficiency of microcomputers applied in classrooms offer significant challenges and opportunities to teachers and students to grow along with technology in foreign language education. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Microcomputers, Second Language Instruction, Simulation, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Testing, Use Studies
Not available separately; see FL 014 137.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (15th, St. Louis, MO, 1983).