DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF TRAINING METHODS FOR THE RAPID ACQUISITION OF LANGUAGE SKILLS
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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The feasibility was studied of machine-teaching enough of a foreign language to combat soldiers to enable them to obtain tactical information from newly captured prisoners of war. The course material used in the pilot study was limited to tactical subject matter, presented by means of dual-tract tape recorders, and arranged to build and sustain motivation and maximize learning efficiency without use of human instructors. The results of this study, as measured by both academic and job-simulated tests, support the feasibility of machine-teaching limited foreign language skills. The methodology developedhas further possible application in foreign language teaching.