ERIC Number: ED349794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Computers in Language Teaching.
There has been a growing interest in the use of the computer in language learning because of its capacity to offer interactive learning and to handle a much wider range of activities than other educational aids. Although the traditional view of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) implies the substitution of the computer for the teacher and wholly self-use of the machine, this paper emphasizes CALL's advantage of enhancing the teacher's ability to teach. Some practical ways to use the computer in developing vocabulary and grammar are discussed. Ways to use CALL in teaching the four primary skills--reading, writing, speaking, and listening--are also described. Advantages include immediate feedback and individualization. It is concluded that future developments in CALL must be rooted in research and that consideration must be given to the sort of learning environment that is desirable. A list of software (17 items) and its availability is appended. Contains 29 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Little, David, Ed. and O Meadhra, Bebhinn, Ed. Media Technologies and Language Learning. Proceedings of an IRAAL Seminar (Dublin, Ireland, November 25, 1989); see FL 020 272.