ERIC Number: ED312892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
The Use of the Word-Processor in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Adults. Academic Reports.
A discussion of the use of word processing for the instruction of English as a Second Language (ESL) is presented in two parts. The first addresses the uses of the technology in teaching language skills, including writing, vocabulary, grammatical competence, reading skills, and oral skills. Related literature is reviewed and specific examples of classroom techniques are presented. The second part reports on a survey of teacher attitudes concerning the use of word processors. Results suggest that most teachers believe the word processor plays only a minor role in the development of writing skills and are not clear about what that role is, beyond its motivational effect. It is concluded that the most widely acceptable forms of word processor use in ESL are those that involve a central role for the teacher as a developer of instructional materials, guide, resource manager, and information and feedback source, and for the student as initiator, experimenter, and collaborator, the roles normally filled by teacher and student in a communicative classroom. This suggests that exploitation of the word processor provides good opportunities for integration of the technology and current language teaching practices. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Grammar, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Speech Skills, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Vocabulary Development, Word Processing, Writing Instruction
Director (Education), Bell Educational Trust, Hillscross, Red Cross Lane, Cambridge CB2 2QX, England.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Bell Educational Trust, Cambridge (England).