ERIC Number: ED256185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-18
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Foreign Language Instruction on the Microcomputer.
Curtin, Constance; Shinall, Stanley
One way for foreign language teachers to evaluate computer software, or courseware, for computer-assisted instruction is to look at it from the point of view of the roles of the courseware author as production manager, curriculum developer, learning specialist, instructional designer, and evaluator. In assessing courseware, teachers should decide whether: (1) a specific audience is addresed; (2) lesson segments are integrated and sequenced logically; (3) presentation methods suit the content; (4) adequate documentation and suggestions for use are available; (5) lesson content is correct; (6) the language is colloquial and the material culturally authentic; (7) material is interactive, with meaningful and helpful computer responses; (8) computer responses are nonjudgmental and encouraging; (9) there is room for individual differences in student responses; (10) sound teaching practices are followed; (11) help is available for the student if needed; (12) hardware and authoring language are suitable for the task; and (13) the lesson has specific goals. After observing the intended audience using the program, teachers should decide whether the lesson captures student interest, whether students feel successful and rewarded, and whether students succeed as measured by independent testing. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Chicago, IL, November 16-18, 1984).