Computer-Controlled Random Access Audio in the Comprehension Approach to Second-Language Learning

Authors

  • George M. Henry,

    1. Northern Illinois University
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      George M. Henry (Ed.D. candidate. Northern Illinois University) is an Instructor of Computer Science at Northern Illinois University. Dekalb, IL.

  • John F. Hartmann,

    1. Northern Illinois University
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      John F. Hartmann (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature (Thai) at Northern Illinois University. Dekalb, IL.

  • Patricia B. Henry

    1. Northern Illinois University
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      Patricia B. Henry (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature (Indonesian) at Northern Illinois University. Dekalb. IL.


Abstract

ABSTRACT  A microcomputer controlling a random access audio device is a practical method for providing flexible interactive practice in foreign language listening comprehension. The audio passages available at a given point in a lesson are determined by the lesson author, and can include hints, translations, cultural notes, and slower re-recordings of natural language segments. The particular audio segment played can be determined by the student's response at the computer keyboard. In addition to more traditional drill or tutorial lessons, two innovative lesson types are described: the “interactive story” and “hyper-speech.”

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