ERIC Number: ED258456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Communicative Computer Compares: A CALL Design Project for Elementary French.
Kyle, Patricia J.
A computer lesson entitled "Aux Jeux Olympiques" (To the Olympic Games) simulates an ongoing situational dialog between the French student and the PLATO computer system. It offers an international setting for functional learning exercises focusing on students' understanding and use of comparative constructions, selected verbs, and other linguistic forms in French, and provides communicative language practice. The courseware is used in the first three semesters of college-level language instruction. The students' task is to describe simulated sports events, including French team trials, international eliminations, and final rounds, seen on the computer screen. The program occasionally provides a sports news recap of events with team rankings. Visual, psychomotor, and cognitive domains are exploited to enhance language learning, linguistic production is minimized so that even one-word responses have fixed forms, and no penalties are given for misspellings, grammatical errors, or typing mistakes. Communicative feedback is given continually by using slightly more complex structures to reinforce or correct student responses and build reading comprehension from the outset. The use of this and other computer-assisted language learning units (CALL) has proven to be cost-effective, efficient, and motivating for students. The disadvantages in their use arise from the restraints of the academic environment and of a developing technology. The current task is to use and improve the existing resources for CALL. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (32nd, New York , NY, April 25-28, 1985).