Elementary French Computer-Assisted Instruction



ABSTRACT  This article describes FRELEM, a supplemental program of drill and practice in elementary French grammar now being used on the computer at the University of Iowa. Thanks to a powerful natural language processing program called DASHER, students at a terminal can call up written exercises and work at their own pace. The student's answer is compared to the correct answer in the computerized files and then flashed back with errors deleted for correction by the student. With DASHER, setting up a computerized tutorial in foreign languages is quite easy. Any language may be used, within the limitations imposed by the character sets available on the computer. The results of a survey of users indicate in some detail that students react well to the program and use it often.