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The purpose of this program is to determine how to teach the four major language skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking, in an Apple Macintosh classroom environment for high school students who are non-native speakers of English. The syllabus for the course, designed for higher-intermediate students with a basic background in English grammar and vocabulary, focuses on developing academic communication skills, learning skills, knowledge in a specific content area, and skills for using a computer as a tool. The main difficulties of English grammar and vocabulary that higher-intermediate English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) students have are covered, as well as the grammar and vocabulary that usually appear in standardized tests. Course objectives include the following areas: text processing, desktop publishing, graphics, telecommunications, speech recognition and synthesis, databases, expert systems, robotics, CD-ROMs, and games. A list of the types of software selected for use in the EFL classes is provided. A table shows the range of topics, software, classroom assignments and time spent on the course. Appendices provide an outline of the syllabus and a list of topics published in an ESL newspaper and tested with the Bulgarian high school students. (AEF)

Descriptors: Communication Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Course Descriptions, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Grammar, High School Students, High Schools, Language Skills, Listening Skills, Reading Skills, Secondary Education, Vocabulary Development, Writing Skills

Author: Tsoneva, Violeta; Stoyanov, Valentin


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