[caption id="attachment_64517" align="alignleft" width="168"] Computer programs are playing a larger role in helping students learn a new language.[/caption]

Computer programs are playing a more active role in language acquisition, and many include features that let English as a Second Language (ESL) students and those learning a foreign language have conversations with their computers or hear a computer read aloud sentences that the students struggle to write.

For example, designed for ESL students, English in a Flash uses aural teaching cues to help build students’ mental word banks.

“It works the way kids learn...

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