ERIC Number: ED253062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Prospects in Computer Assisted Language Lessons.
Jamieson, Joan; Chapelle, Carol
Some prospects for development of computer-assisted language instruction in six language skill areas (grammar, communication, reading, listening, speaking, and writing) are presented. In grammar instruction, a current challenge is to improve judging of student answers, and "intelligent" computer programs that try to identify the student's misconception (leading to production of a wrong answer) hold promise. Three potential aids for developing intelligent grammar programs include answer-judging algorithms, authoring systems capable of identifying errors, and programming languages designed for natural language processing. Communicative programming, which emphasizes group work, focuses on gaming and simulation as instructional techniques. Reading instruction by computer tries to address individual differences in speed and vocabulary, and many programs are currently available. Listening lessons by computer are the ones most frequently inquired about, and they combine computer interaction with spoken language via audiotapes. Some programs currently allow practice of students' speaking skills by either playing back a student's voice recording or plotting stress and intonation contours on a computer screen for comparison with a recorded voice's contours. A few programs are also available for writing instruction, using such techniques as incorporating student responses into prewritten texts, having students arrange sentences, or using text processing for teaching writing and revision. A list of available programs and their sources are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Note: Paper presented at the State Meeting of the California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (San Jose, CA, 1984); In: CATESOL Occasional Papers, Number 10 p17-34 Fall 1984.