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ERIC Number: ED032513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Pages: 9
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Expanding the Use of the Laboratory.
Coltharp, Lurline H.
The author reports on a project designed to help foreign students make the transition from special English to regular college English classes through expanded use of the language laboratory. The project, conducted at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1968 (in the spring and fall semesters), was set up specifically to provide additional training in listening to different voices, and to sharpen skills in note-taking and outlining in English classes. The first part of the research used students from the Freshman English course--one group of foreign students, and a control group of English-speaking freshmen. Fifteen-minute tapes were made on a variety of subjects by six professors and an outside visitor. The students could hear a tape twice in one 50-minute lab period. They took notes and outlined the taped lecture. Their notes, taken up after every lab session to avoid any copying, were supplemented by work in class. The teacher took the notes to class and the students were given their own notes to look over. They then kept them for use during a test on the tape--at which time they could see whether or not they had written down the things important for that test. This self evaluation led to improved skills. Commercial tapes and several other innovations were added in the second semester of research. The author feels the program's aims were accomplished. (AMM)
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Note: Paper given at the Third Annual TESOL Convention, Chicago, Illinois, March 5-8, 1969