ERIC Number: ED442310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Learning Computers, Speaking English: Cooperative Activities for Learning English and Basic Word Processing.
Quann, Steve; Satin, Diana
This textbook leads high-beginning and intermediate English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students through cooperative computer-based activities that combine language learning with training in basic computer skills and word processing. Each unit concentrates on a basic concept of word processing while also focusing on a grammar topic. Skills are built cumulatively; students begin by learning to use the mouse and will advance to understanding the features of a basic word processing system. Many activities involve a job readiness component; after completing the book, students will be able to compose business and cover letters on the computer. This book can be used with any computer that has a Windows 95 or higher operating system. Lessons are based on Microsoft WordPad. Teachers working in other PC or Macintosh applications can use this book as a resource and adapt the lessons; information on how to adapt lessons is included. This book may also be purchased with a disk that contains instructional files and allows students to save their work to their own disk. Chapter topics focus on the following: computer basics and commands; about the mouse, desktop, and future tense; the keyboard and gerunds/infinitives; Windows and the past tense; the file menu and the present perfect; the edit menu and comparatives/superlatives; the format menu and the passive; and the help menu and conditionals. A glossary is also included. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (KFT)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, English (Second Language), Learning Activities, Letters (Correspondence), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Word Processing
The University of Michigan Press, P.O. Box 1104, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1104; Tel.: 734-764-4392; Fax: 734-936-0456; Internet: http://www.press.umich.edu/esl/ ($16.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
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