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ERIC Number: ED318268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 7
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Getting Started: The Foreign Language Teacher and Computer-Assisted Instruction.
Jackson, Shirley M.
Foreign language teachers should become familiar and comfortable with computers. Learning about computers and their applications to the foreign language instructional process will provide teachers with the information needed to examine issues related to the new technology and stimulate discussion of its implementation in the school. All educators should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of computer-assisted instruction (CAI). Many computer literacy courses give teachers general knowledge of how computers work, familiarity with terminology, an idea of significant events in the history of computers, and the ability to read and write simple programs. While programming knowledge is not essential to the teacher, it is helpful. CAI is of obvious use in testing and record-keeping, but can also aid in conducting tutorials, freeing valuable teacher time. In 1982, The University of the District of Columbia foreign language department established a computer committee and began a CAI training course for faculty. The course eliminated all but the essentials of a computer literacy course, in order to stimulate faculty use of computers. Responses to a committee-member designed questionnaire indicated faculty concerns about computer use. The real value of the computer to the foreign language learner lies in the use made of it by the teacher. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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