The microcomputer: A tool for personal language learning

David H. Wyatt

Abstract


Computer-assisted methods of teaching and learning languages have been surrounded
by controversy and debate for over a decade. In 1979, however, microcomputers began
to appear in a form suitable for educational applications, offering for the first time an
alternative to both the cost and the approach of large computer systems. The impact of
the microcomputer has been limited by a number of factors, and microcomputerassisted
learning is still in a relative state of infancy. The main implications for language
teaching and learning are only now beginning to be understood, just as the limiting
factors are starting to disappear. This paper will assess the present situation and outline
some likely future developments in the use of microcomputers in language learning.
Rekenaargesteunde metodes by die onderrig en aanleer van tale is reeds meer as 'n
dekade lank omgewe deur meningsverskil. In 1979 egter het mikrorekenaars hulle
verskyning begin maak in 'n toepaslike vorm vir opvoedkundige doeleindes. Vir die
eerste keer was daar 'n alternatief vir die koste verbonde aan en die benaderingswyse
van groot rekenaarstelsels. Die trefkrag van die mikrorekenaar is deur 'n aantal faktore
gekortwiek en rekenaargesteunde onderrig is steeds in sy kinderskoene. Die belangrikste
implikasies vir die aanleer en onderrig van tale begin nou eers deurdring soos die
beperkende faktore begin verdwyn. Hierdie artikel takseer die huidige situasie en
omlyn moontlike toekomstige ontwikkelings vir die gebruik van mikrorekenaars by
taalaanleer.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5785/2-2-483

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