ERIC Number: ED262626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Computer-Assisted Instruction in Foreign Language Education: A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Different Methodologies and Different Forms of Error Correction. Final Report.
Robinson, Gail; And Others
A comparison of the effectiveness of different ways to organize instructional materials and different strategies for error feedback used the computer as a research tool and took as subjects first-year junior high school Spanish students, who were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. To investigate materials organization, computer exercises were designed in Spanish to measure the effect on achievement of such factors as integrated context vs. discrete items, personally meaningful material vs. impersonal material, student choice of background content vs. program choice, and the effect of problem-solving activities on the acquisition of language skills. To compare error feedback methods, the study considered the relative effectiveness of student-controlled help vs. program-controlled error correction, types of error repetition, and the role of student discovery in the error correction process. Post achievement test gain scores were consistently in favor of the experimental group. The findings and their implications for instructional materials design, computer-assisted instruction, and testing are discussed. Appendixes include questionnaires, materials descriptions, sample achievement tests, student interest questionnaire, transcript of taped interviews, and programming strategies. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of International Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Language & Crosscultural Skills, San Francisco, CA.