The use of Linkword Language Computer Courses in a classroom situation: A case study at Rugby School.
Steffen Sommer & Michael Gruneberg
The Language Learning Journal
Volume 26, Issue 1, 2002
This paper presents a case study of the implementation of a Linkword Language Course — French to a class of 13-year-old pupils at Rugby School. The class was selected because they were the weakest at French, performed poorly in examinations, and had problems in terms of motivation and enjoyment of French. The result of introducing a computer version of Linkword French as a complementary learning aid to the standard text and classroom work was that after seven months, following the end-of-year examination, a quarter of the class was promoted to the class above, a move that could not have been expected otherwise. The results of a questionnaire revealed that the great majority of pupils found the course easier and faster than conventional methods of learning. Rugby School, as a result of the study, has continued the use of the Linkword courses, partly at the request of the pupils.
The study above, published in a refereed journal showed conclusively that using Linkword had a marked effect on helping people struggling with learning French to succeed where before they failed. No other language company has published evidence that their course can do the same.
Dr Michael Gruneberg