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ERIC Number: ED276056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Using Computers to Teach English Composition Classes.
Simon, Kathleen
Drill and practice, tutorial, dialogue, and text analysis programs represent the major uses of computers to date in the field of English composition. Drill and practice programs are convenient to use and inexpensive. However, they are usually geared to the low level achiever. Tutorial programs tailor their presentations to students' responses, anticipating incorrect responses and providing immediate help to those who need it. However, tutorials are mainly a tool for remediation. Dialogue programs can guide students through the prewriting process; however, they respond identically to anything a student answers, making their usefulness limited. Word processing constitutes the most important function of the microcomputer available today, allowing students to actively compose and manipulate text using a keyboard and a few simple commands. This freedom can relieve writing apprehension and develop fluency, though some feel that it seduces students into taking the task of writing too lightly. Finally, text analysis programs, such as spelling checks, allow students to concentrate on style rather than on mechanics and lighten the time-consuming task of grading for teachers. However, limited databases make many of these programs unreliable and some feel that students rely too heavily on these checks. A 41-item reference list is included. (JD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A