Japanese Journal of Audiovisual Education Study
Online ISSN : 2433-0884
Print ISSN : 0386-7714
ISSN-L : 0386-7714
A Study of Multi-media Courseware for Developing Communicative Language Skills
Akira Mikami
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1994 Volume 24 Pages 65-74


"Communication" is a key word in language teaching pedagogy. To have learners acquire communication skills, five features are selected and integrated into an English language courseware. The five features are (1)student-centered learning, (2)"fun learning" (learning while enjoying their tasks), (3)simulating actual conversation, (4)aiming at listening skills, and (5)understanding American culture. In order to attain these features, the couseware is designed taking into consideration the following: 1. The courseware is made similar to role playing games such as produced by Nintendo games. 2. Learners have to learn basic skills needed for communication, for traveling in the U.S.A., and for information gathering. 3. All the conversation is aurally presented including sentences selected by the learners. 4. The courseware has a multi-line, multi-node story. 5. The courseware has a navigation capability which enable the learner to move around in the story. 6. The courseware uses a situational syllabus. 7. Although the courseware works as basically a conversation simulator, it also has drill sections. 8. The courseware has an indicator which enables the learners to follow progress. 9. The courseware has three help functions. Although the students who used this courseware had favorable to it in general, this courseware needs further improvements. Second feature was found out to be a very important factor. Further research will clarify the elements which attracts students by using multimedia courseware.

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