Computer-assisted language learning: Spanish instruction
Jill Scheuerlein Dietz, California State University, Dominguez Hills, United States
California State University, Dominguez Hills . Awarded
This study field tested an interactive Spanish software program written by the author to address failure to achieve curricular objectives in Spanish at an elementary school in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Twenty-one second grade students participated. The students completed a series of activities using a computer to learn Spanish vocabulary. Students were interviewed after using the computer program to determine what they learned and what could be improved. Pretests and posttests were implemented to quantify effectiveness. All subjects showed substantial improvement on the posttest. The study also examined the preparation time required to develop and implement the software and compared this with the time required for classical teaching techniques. This instructional technique was found to be less efficient in terms of preparation time unless multiple teachers use the software. The data will be used to improve the software for future use.
Dietz, J.S. Computer-assisted language learning: Spanish instruction. Master's thesis, California State University, Dominguez Hills.
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