ERIC Number: ED263786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Educational Technology and Language Training. International Research and Studies Program. Final Report.
Lozano, Anthony G.
A study investigated the relative effectiveness of two new teaching technologies, television and computers, as compared with traditional language laboratory instructional audiotapes in introductory Spanish. The dependent variables examined included the following: overall achievment level; reading, writing, and grammatical skills; and improved speaking and listening skills, all as measured by pure tests of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The subjects were 144 introductory Spanish students divided into eight recitation groups. Half of these groups (control groups) were assigned to 40 minutes a week of audiotape laboratory; two were assigned to 40 minutes a week of tele-lessons, and two were assigned to 40 minutes a week of computer drills. Other features of the course were the same as the standard introductory curriculum. Results indicate that the computer-assisted instruction method was clearly the most successful of the three tested, but only in enhancing writing skills and not, by extension, other language skills. Use of the computer for a variety of skill development exercise, alone or in combination with another instructional method, is recommended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Language Laboratories, Language Skills, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Spanish, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder.