ERIC Number: ED394307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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Audiotaped Dialogue Journals: Lexical, Grammatical, and Affective Benefits.
Brown, Cheryl; And Others
This report defines and describes audiotaped dialogue journals produced by fourth year, Chilean university students in their English class. The taped journals were used as a way for students to obtain additional practice in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in an environment where school was the only place they practiced their English. The report focuses on the use of the audiotaped journal as a means of communication between students and teacher that stressed the students' oral communicative abilities. Nine students participated throughout the complete 15-week semester; they also completed written journals. Analysis and comparison of oral and written journals indicated that the students who did participate in the exercise increased their practice of English as well as English interaction, one-on-one with the teacher. When the written and oral journals were further compared, there was evidence of improvement in student vocabulary based on the content of the oral journals. Article usage was also assessed; findings indicated a higher level of accuracy of article usage from early oral journal to later oral journal entries. In terms of affect, oral journals were found to be very positive. It is concluded that the oral journals aided in vocabulary acquisition, increased students' grammatical accuracy, and helped develop positive relationships between students and teacher. (Contains eight references.) (Author/NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Chicago, IL, March 26-30, 1996).