My interest is based on little more than a feeling that the enormous advances in communications in the computer world have not been applied extensively to second language acquisition.
I started with a few vague ideas of what could be accomplished.
- Software that can manage a curriculum in language study in response to the student's progress.
Various e-learning systems track students' progress in order to predict where students may run into problems in the future. Would it be possible to find errors early in language learning, and determine what concepts need review, or even to direct the student to the next useful lesson, based upon existing skills and the objectives in the target language?
- Software that can present target language content that is likely to be comprehensible, instructive, and of interest.
So much language instruction software provides its own proprietary content, consisting chiefly of grammatically correct phrases, but not necessarily authentic examples of phrases likely to be encountered in real life. Since the internet provides a huge source of ready-made content, is it possible to search for authentic content, providing a much greater variety of examples of the language for the student?
I now already realize that the first observation is very wrong.