[EDLING:1623] Kenya: First Person - Computers Teach Language

Francis M Hult fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Wed May 24 16:49:24 UTC 2006

Kenya: First Person - Computers Teach Language

The Nation (Nairobi)

May 23, 2006
Posted to the web May 23, 2006

When it comes to language learning, Lucy Githinji vouches for the unnatural. Omni-Tech 
Computer Services, a computer training company she runs, offers training in languages 
using a software-assisted program that enables students to train themselves. Computer 
Aided Language Learning, or Call, the software behind the magic, also enables learners to 
communicate back and their progress is monitored by the computer.

"Like children, Call employs the concept of first seeing, listening and finally 
repeating," explained Ms Githinji, Omni-Tech's programme director. "The learner is 
immersed into a language much like the way young children learn the second language," she 


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