December 12, 2003
Professor's Web Site Uses Photographs to Teach the German Language
Michael Shaughnessy, a professor of German at Washington and Jefferson College, says 10 years of working with language-instruction software have taught him a lesson: "Clip art dominates the world."
Virtually every computer program, Web site, or textbook that teaches a foreign vocabulary illustrates key terms with clip-art images. It's an attractive idea, he says, but a deeply flawed one. "All the clip-art manufacturers are American," he says. "There's not even one from Germany. So the
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