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ERIC Number: ED324944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Applications of Computer-Aided Instruction in Business French Training.
Abrate, Jayne
Computer software was developed by a faculty member for college-level introductory commercial French to facilitate mastery of basic vocabulary and vocabulary manipulation techniques. The materials targeted three common areas of student difficulty: large amounts of new vocabulary, unfamiliar business concepts, and the formal style of business writing and correspondence. It was decided to keep the software simple in format while incorporating maximum comments, extensive error correction information, and frequent student analysis of materials. Instructions were standardized to avoid confusion. Vocabulary software already used in elementary and intermediate courses was adapted for commercial French vocabulary and coordinated with textbook chapters. Vocabulary learning exercises, emphasizing rapid acquisition of large numbers of words, generally consist of French-English and English-French translation of individual vocabulary items and short idiomatic expressions or phrases. Multiple-choice vocabulary manipulation exercises were developed to ensure student understanding of meanings and usage. Two verb programs provide systematic review of verb forms. Dictation and sentence translation exercises and a program for composing formal business correspondence were also developed. All programs were designed by an amateur programmer/language teacher using readily-available hardware and could be easily adapted or imitated to fill the needs of beginning commercial language students. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A