ERIC Number: ED301049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
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The Computer and Language Learning: Productivity Tools in the Classroom.
Thrush, Emily A.
Early programs for computer-assisted language learning were limited in size and power by the capabilities of the first generation of microcomputers. As these capabilities have increased, it has become possible for language teachers to take advantage of tools originally intended for use in the business world, such as word processors, spreadsheets, databases, text analyzers, and telecommunications. The advantages of these packages over small, discrete drill and practice or game programs include unlimited flexibility of content, greater student involvement with the content material, and higher degree of relevance to students' life goals. With the application of several principles of good language teaching, as revealed in research, productivity tools such as these can be used in class activities at all grade levels and for all degrees of language skill. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988).