ERIC Number: ED246694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Computers and ESL. Language in Education: Theory and Practice, No. 56.
Wyatt, David H.
The state of the art of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in instruction of English as a second language (ESL) is examined. An overview of computer applications in the field discusses computer roles in language learning, computers and the standard curriculum, computer requirements for different types of CALL (instructional, collaborative, and facilitative), the promise of CALL in the ESL curriculum, and the benefits offered by computer-assisted learning. An analysis of computer-assisted learning in specific areas of ESL looks at: reading and vocabulary; writing and vocabulary; listening; speaking; grammar; and other areas such as study skills, cultural orientation and education, testing, English for special purposes, bilingual ESL, and potential applications of the computer as a teacher's aide (in word processing, linguistic research, with supplementary materials, and as an electronic gradebook). A section on directions, resources, and considerations for development in CALL focuses on obstacles in the development of software, such as student reaction, areas of criticism of existing programs, system compatibility, technological advancement, hardware requirements and attitudes, and lack of communication among CALL users. A list of sources of software and CALL information, including addresses, and a bibliography are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, Computers, English (Second Language), Futures (of Society), Grammar, Information Sources, Listening Skills, Literature Reviews, Program Implementation, Publishing Industry, Reading Instruction, Recordkeeping, Research Tools, Second Language Instruction, Speech Skills, Vocabulary Development, Writing Instruction
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich International, Orlando, FL 32887
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.