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Introducing Computer Technologies to Asian Languages Programs

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Computer technology has become integral to all aspects of college life today, offering an important tool for coordinating, publicizing, and teaching in every kind of campus program. Far from being an exception to this rule, foreign language programs are often in the forefront of employing innovative methods to integrate computer technologies into the classroom. While Asian language instructors, too, are developing effective means for using computer technologies, our efforts are often hampered by insufficient funding, by the lack of technical support staff knowledgeable in Asian languages, and by a most basic lack of space and hardware. Yet, as this article will show, careful planning, flexibility, and the cooperation of campus personnel can enable instructors to meet these challenges and launch successful Asian language computer technology projects.