ERIC Number: ED343462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Using Computers with Adult ESL Literacy Learners. ERIC Digest.
Huss, Susan; And Others
An overview is presented of the ways in which various types of computer software and instructional strategies can be used effectively with English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) adult literacy learners. Computer use in language and literacy development in general is first reviewed. It is then noted that in spite of the progress made in hardware and software development and toward integrating computers into adult ESL language and literacy instruction, the effectiveness of computer assisted instruction (CAI) is still largely dependent on the ability of instructors to choose, adapt, and use computer programs effectively. Some of the problems are discussed, such as the lack of instructional approaches for developing both language and literacy skills simultaneously. Instructors are advised to use software that allows them to alter the content vis an authoring or editing option in the software package, or to design activities within a larger framework. The use of word processors and collaborative writing is also considered. CAI is concluded to be an effective experience for adult ESL literacy learners and their instructors, especially when it is used to facilitate interpersonal communication as well as language and literacy skills development. Contains 18 references. (LB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse on Literacy Education, Washington, DC.