ERIC Number: ED262648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Tools for Creating Foreign Language CAI.
Otto, Sue E. K.; Pusack, James P.
Three basic kinds of tools exist for computer assisted instruction (CAI): templates, which are often highly user-friendly and require little investment of time but whose potential is limited; authoring systems, which offer a number of options for lesson design and greater variety in approach, but which require more sophisticated input from the teacher; and authoring languages, the most challenging kind of tool, which have built-in features for drilling, handling wrong answers, and scoring, and which give the author complete freedom to choose the logical arrangement of the lesson. The three kinds of tools overlap greatly, and the advantages and disadvantages are related to the teacher's goals and computing skills. Some of the fundamental features available in a number of forms are textual graphics, animation and simulation, and audio and video links. Increasingly useful tools are being created. The next step is for the tools to allow language teachers to work as experts in the field rather than as reluctant programmers. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Meeting the Call for Excellence in the Foreign Language Classroom. Selected papers from the 1985 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (FL 015 312).