Although computers have been used for educational purposes for more than a decade, the role of computer technology within the context of second/foreign language instruction is still in its beginnings. As many institutions rush to setup computer facilities for ESL instruction, it seems that unrealistic expectations and unfounded enthusiam have overshadowed careful analysis of how computer technology can best be implemented. I will argue that sound decisions regarding the successful implementation of computer technology in the context of second/foreign language instruction can only come from careful consideration of the generally accepted and well-established principles that support good ESL instruction. To begin this discussion, I will outline some of the many benefits associated with Internet access along with an introduction on the use of networked computers in the ESL classroom. In the second part of this paper, I will discuss eight conditions essential to the creation of the ideal learning environment involving computers.
source:Papers on languages and cultures
言語文化論叢 = Papers on languages and cultures 1 35-57, 1995-03-31