ERIC Number: ED278236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Aided Instruction: Language Teachers and the Man of the Year.
While disputing the exaggerated claims for computerized teaching symbolized by Time Magazine's choice of a computer for its 1982 "man of the year," this paper argues that since the technology is omnipresent, and that since it can facilitate learning under certain conditions, teachers should be as informed about it as possible. A discussion of computer use for second language instruction examines the features to look for in a computer system, the types of installations available, and considerations in selecting courseware. The computer features discussed include memory, speed, processing power, the adaptability of the language used to interact with the machine, screen display capacity and clarity, availability of diacritics and various alphabets (e.g., Cyrillic), screen color, keyboard design, touch panels, interface with external audio and video devices, and potential radiation exposure. The types of installation discussed include central systems and individual microcomputers and the requirements of each. Courseware considerations include the potential for making copies, programming language, match with the computer's display capacity, usefulness with a variety of texts, program design quality, and availability of audiovisual components. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Savignon, Sandra J., Ed. and Berns, Margie S., Ed. Communicative Language Teaching: Where Are We Going? Urbana, Language Learning Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983; see FL 016 358.