Title
In defense of drill and practice in call - a reevaluation of fundamental strategies In defense of drill and practice in call - a reevaluation of fundamental strategies
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford :Pergamon ,
Subject
Educational sciences
Computer. Automation
Source (journal)
Computers and education. - Oxford
Source (book)
Euro CALL 93 Conference, SEP 15-17, 1993, Univ. Hull, Hull, England
Volume/pages
23(1994) :1-2 , p. 151-158
ISSN
0360-1315
ISI
A1994PJ56500019
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
An analysis of studies on computer assisted language learning, published since 1988, reveals a major concern with the utopian potential of the new media. Research on ever more intelligent systems, implying multimedia design and natural language interfaces, is scanning the horizon of this awesome wonderland. We must probe into this potential. Within these developments one cannot help but notice a lack of interest in the primitive, traditional forms of CALL, somewhat disdainfully called ''drill and practice''. Indeed, the more complex systems seem also to need more complex and creative content, as if simple lexical and grammatical training does not match colourful and dynamic environments any more. In this paper we address a few questions from different angles: first, some causes of the critical attitude towards drill and practice; second, some consequences of this attitude towards CALL; third, some criteria for the continued development and use of efficient drill and practice forms in CALL today.
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