ERIC Number: ED276297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputers and Second Language Teaching: The Second Wave. Q&A.
Harrison, John S.
In keeping with the increased use of computers in schools, the available software for foreign language instruction has grown to over 1,000 titles, mostly of the drill and practice type, and professional associations are reviewing software and computer-related instructional techniques. However, there seems to be no clear direction for the future of microcomputer use in foreign language education at this time, and developments in the profession seem to have reached a plateau. The next few years, seen as the second wave of computer use, will be spent determining where and how computer-based instruction fits into the perceived goals and directions of foreign language teaching in general, with increased emphasis on the accountability of the technology. Problems persist in the production, evaluation, and availability of high-quality software for classroom use. However, the cost of hardware continues to decrease, and technological advancements and adaptations hold considerable promise for foreign language instruction. In addition, innovative networking and telecommunications arrangements are beginning to link teachers, students, and instructional materials at long distances and with little expense. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Media Selection, Microcomputers, Networks, Second Language Instruction, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.