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Simulated Conversation as a CAI Strategy

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Abstract  Research in artificial intelligence demonstrated some time ago the feasibility of truly conversational, interactive computer programs. However, this capability has not been exploited in most computer-assisted language instruction programs, which have tended to adhere to a more Skinnerian fill-in-the-blank format. This paper describes an experimental Spanish program which employs simulated conversation strategies that allow students considerably more freedom in their responses, at the same time that error-checking routines monitor for syntactic errors.

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