ERIC Number: ED332523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Learning From a Distance: U-Maine & ESL Go Electronic.
Most teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) in Maine live over 30 miles from the nearest University of Maine campus. While the Maine Department of Education has been offering intensive ESL teacher training courses, a lack of qualified ESL teachers persists. The advent of microwave transmission means more opportunities for teacher training through instructional television. In addition to access, the primary advantage, the medium offers other advantages, including: exploitation of visuals; use of student-produced videotapes; presentations by guest lecturers; use of simulation; class management through two-way audio; accommodation of students' different learning modalities; rescheduling of cancelled classes; and easy use of small-size visuals. Disadvantages include these: spontaneity is limited; personal teacher-student rapport is neutralized; distribution of paper becomes expensive; visual student-to-teacher feedback is lacking; mechanical malfunction can waste a class session; the medium is not yet technologically sophisticated; cooperative learning opportunities are limited; kinesthetic and tactile learners are at a disadvantage; and everything takes longer. Despite these drawbacks, the medium has great potential and should be pursued. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Maine
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education (Washington, DC, January 9-12, 1991).