Current and future trends in educational computing: Implications for training language teachers

Jannie Botha


In the first part of this paper an overview is given of the current state of educational
technology as well as some future trends in this rapidly developing field. The focus is on
developments with regard to hardware and software. It is pointed out that a clear distinction
between hardware and software is not always possible. Specific reference is made to a
Hypertext programme and the promises it holds for the future.
In the second part of the paper specific guidelines for training teachers in computerassisted
language instruction (CALl) are given. This is done against the background given
in the first part of the paper. Guidelines are proposed for the training of language teachers.
In die eerste gedeelte van hierdie artikel word 'n oorsig gegee van die huidige stand van
opvoedkundige tegnologie en ook sommige toekomsneigings op hierdie snelontwikkelende
gebied. Die fokus vat op ontwikkelings ten opsigte van apparatuur en pro grammatuur. Daar
word aangedui dat 'n duidelike onderskeid tussen apparatuur en programmatuur nie altyd
moontlik is nie. Daar word spesifiek verwys na 'n hiperteksprogram en die moontlikhede wat
dit vir die toekoms inhou.
In die tweede gedeelte van die artikel word spesifieke riglyne vir die opleiding van
rekenaargesteunde taalonderrigonderwysers (RGTO) gegee. Dit word gedoen teen die
agtergrond wat in die eerste gedeelte van die artikel gegee is. Riglyne vir die opleiding van
taalonderwysers word voorgestel.

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