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ERIC Number: ED410750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Technology & the Elementary Foreign Language Classroom.
Ford-Guerrera, Rebecca
A discussion of technology use in elementary school foreign language instruction looks at current uses of technology in the classroom and discusses its effectiveness and potential use. An introductory section describes various types of technology applied to instruction, including: computers and computer software; CD-ROM; telecommunications and online telecommunications systems; the Internet; satellites; interactive audio and video; and multimedia centers. A number of studies focusing on the relationship between technology and elementary school foreign language learning are then reviewed. In some cases, specific computer software is highlighted. It is concluded that overall, use of technology to teach young foreign language learners has had positive results, with the technology providing a richer learning environment. Further research, including longitudinal studies extending some of the existing research, is recommended. Additional efforts are suggested to improve technology use, including development of motivational and whole-brain activities, fostering of positive self-concept and language attitudes, and increased opportunities to communicate in the target language. Contains 10 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A