ERIC Number: ED350883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Technology and Second Language Learning. ERIC Digest.
Increasingly, technology is incorporated into second language teaching and learning both in and out of classroom situations. The computer alone has many capabilities for enhancing language learning, but when combined with other technologies, the possibilities multiply for information retrieval, interactive audio- and video-assisted learning, use of local area networks, use of long distance computer networks, and exploitation of satellite broadcasts. Some technologies lend themselves better to acquisition of certain language skills than others. Computers and computer networks are ideal for fostering reading and writing skills in the target language. Addition of audio capabilities to personal computers makes them miniature multimedia units for teaching and testing active listening skills. The visual component, when added to oral/aural components, is useful for developing listening skills and creating cultural awareness. Interactive video enhances development and practice of all language skills. Once the specific technology and skill(s) to be developed have been matched, the appropriate courseware and activity type must be selected or prepared. Different techniques are useful for developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and cultural awareness, and also for testing. Their effectiveness depends on appropriate use by informed educators. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Networks, Cultural Education, Educational Technology, Interactive Video, Language Laboratories, Language Skills, Language Tests, Online Systems, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Skill Development, Testing
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: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.