Research: Computer technology makes language learning in school faster
Pupils learning a foreign language with the help of computer technology have been found to be progressing at about twice the rate of those studying from textbooks, the Independent reports.
Some 1,000 pupils who have lessons in French delivered via a CD-Rom have performed better on average by 0.5 and 0.8 of a level than those using the traditional method.
Their progress was studied by researchers at Durham University. The results of the study indicate that using computer technology in language learning provides an advantage compared to the traditional textbook-teaching. It can help the government deliver by the end of the decade its new policy of every child having to start learning a foreign language by the age of seven. The project was devised by Monkseaton High School in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside and has been taken on by 1,600 primary schools. Durham University was founded in 1832 and is located in the city of Durham and the nearby town of Stockton-on-Tees.