ERIC Number: ED275138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Promise and Threat of Microcomputers for Language Learners.
Miniaturized computer technology can raise both language and education beyond the current capacity to understand. Children's learning is more complex, powerful, and subtle than it is usually given credit for, and language is more elaborate and intricate than is generally realized. Computers must be used carefully, but they offer many possibilities, largely unexplored. They do not necessarily isolate individuals in their learning tasks, but can dissolve the walls of the classroom, collapse space and time, and bring people together in dramatic new ways. Computer capabilities, particularly word processing, provide such options as joint authorship, networking, and long-distance communication and collaboration through cross-cultural letter writing. Teachers must learn to use computers, and take advantage of the creative and interactive potential of computer technology. But they must also decide and assert the way computers will be used in education. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Computer Uses in Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Grammar, Instructional Innovation, Language Acquisition, Language Patterns, Learning Processes, Microcomputers, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Word Processing
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Handscombe, Jean, Ed.; And Others. On TESOL '83. The Question of Control. Selected Papers from the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Canada, March 15-20, 1983); see FL 015 035.