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ERIC Number: ED001248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961-Jul
Pages: 20
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EXPERIMENTATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE EFFECTIVE METHODS OF TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES BY MAKING EXTENSIVE USE OF ELECTRO-MECHANICAL AIDS.
LEWIS, EARL N.
AN EXPERIMENT WAS DESIGNED TO TEST THE HYPOTHESIS THAT PROPER USE OF ELECTRO-MECHANICAL AIDS CAN RELIEVE THE TEACHER OF A GREAT DEAL OF THE ROUTINE WORK OF TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES. HE WOULD THUS BE ALLOWED TO EXTEND HIMSELF EITHER QUANTITATIVELY OR QUALITATIVELY IN HIS WORK. THIS EXPERIMENT USES THE QUALITATIVE APPROACH. THREE GROUPS OF STUDENTS IN COLLEGE GERMAN CLASSES WERE USED DURING TWO SEMESTERS. THE EXPERIMENT DURING THE FALL SEMESTER OF 1960 WAS CONCERNED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW VOCABULARY MATERIAL. ONE GROUP TREATED THIS MATERIAL ONLY IN CLASS, WITH CONVENTIONAL HOMEWORK. THE SECOND GROUP TREATED THIS MATERIAL EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE USE OF ELECTRO-MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT. THE CLASS TIME FREED THEREBY WAS USED FOR EXTENSIVE CONVERSATIONAL WORK ON SPECIALLY DEVISED MATERIALS. THE CONTROL GROUPS FOLLOWED THE USUAL CLASS-LABORATORY PROCEDURES IN USE AT THE UNIVERSITY. DURING THE SPRING SEMESTER, ALL DRILL MATERIAL ON VERB FORMS AND WORD ORDER WAS SUBJECTED TO THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS. ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS WERE DETERMINED VIA THE CARROL-SAPON, MODERN LANGUAGE APTITUDE TEST, THE COLLEGE BOARD PLACEMENT TESTS IN GERMAN READING, AND GERMAN COMPREHENSION. MATERIALS USED IN THE EXPERIMENT CONSISTED OF THE TEXTBOOK, "DEUTSCH EINS--A TOTALLY INTEGRATED LABORATORY-CLASS APPROACH," BY E.N. LEWIS. ANALYSIS OF THE DATA BY THE F-TEST SHOWED NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES IN ACHIEVEMENT OF THE EXPERIMENT AND CONTROL GROUPS. (ALL RAW DATA ARE PRESENTED.)
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Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ. and A and M Coll. System, Baton Rouge.
Identifiers: LOUISIANA; Louisiana (Baton Rouge)