8.0336 Qs: Computer Assisted Language Learning (1/24)

Tue, 29 Nov 1994 01:16:51 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0336. Tuesday, 29 Nov 1994.

Date: Wed, 23 Nov 94 22:46:22 -0500
From: mccarty@epas.utoronto.ca (Willard McCarty)
Subject: CD-ROM "jukeboxes"

Two questions related to computer-assisted language learning.

(1) What are typical performance characteristics of a CD-ROM "jukebox" used
to support computer-assisted language learning? I am particularly interested
in any problems with the response of such a unit to multiple demands for
materials contained on different CDs.

(2) Given a lab that uses only off-the-shelf software, what kinds of people
are needed for a successful operation, apart from the instructors? Is it
practical to employ one full-time person for each physical site, and if so
what abilities should this person have? In general is it possible to do
without programming skills and still successfully cover a wide variety of
modern languages?

Thanks very much for any help.


Willard McCarty
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
University of Toronto