ERIC Number: ED284445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Problems and Prospects in Foreign Language Computing.
Pusack, James P.
The problems and prospects of the field of foreign language computing are profiled through a survey of typical implementation, development, and research projects that language teachers may undertake. Basic concepts in instructional design, hardware, and software are first clarified. Implementation projects involving courseware evaluation, textbook packages, generic packages, and orchestrated miscellany are discussed. Development projects described involve drills and games using simple templates, customization of modifiable packages, practice or diagnosis using an authoring tool, short-answer drill using a programming language, self-contained tutorial units, utility programs to manage instruction, branching tutorials using an authoring language, generative drill for simple structural features, simple reading comprehension exercises, and adventure games using preprogrammed models. Among research projects described are those involving comprehensive tutorials with recordkeeping, drill or tutorial with animated graphics, authoring tools for grammar or reading, large databases for structure and reading practice, complex simulations of target culture situations, language understanding projects, and validated placement and proficiency tests. (CB)
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programing), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Equipment Utilization, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Development, Item Banks, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Language Teachers, Pattern Drills (Language), Programing Languages, Second Language Instruction
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Smith, William Flint, Ed. Modern Media in Foreign Language Education: Theory and Implementation. The ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series; see FL 016 850.