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ERIC Number: ED306780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 17
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Computer Networks for Language Learning: The Creation of Meaning through Interaction.
Thrush, Emily A.; Hardisty, David
Computer networking has made many new activities available to language learners. While these innovations are practical, they are also grounded in theory and justifiable on sound principles of language learning. Computers make possible classroom activities maximizing the benefit drawn from complex and otherwise unmanageable communicative interactions. Depending on its capabilities, a computer network can provide for interaction between a user and databases, bibliographic sources, or information sources; between user and other users; between user and various experts; and through word processing, between user and text. Local area networks which usually consist of a number of computers linked together in one room, provide the potential for a variety of student activities, including manipulating text, sharing work, creating text, and conferencing. The Georgia Institute of Technology English and Political Science departments have set up a system on the Wide Area Network that serves as an adjunct to class instruction by providing accessible services such as electronic mail and electronic bulletin boards. The software for a University of Southern California freshman composition program uses a notebook metaphor allowing students to sit at a microcomputer to plan, organize, research, and write a paper on an assigned topic. Various other networking projects both current or projected are discussed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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