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ERIC Number: ED137761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Pages: 16
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Dialog in Action: A Multi-Sensory Approach to Language Competency.
Hayden, Louise
The dialog method of second-language learning, in which students have many opportunities to hear, read, and use standard English in a relevant and motivating setting, was adapted to general classroom use in elementary and junior high schools in which there was a high percentage of Spanish-speaking students and in which mean reading scores were low. Lessons in many practical skill areas were written into conversational form and were taped, so students could read along as they listened to the intonation contours. Students were paired, and each partner was given only half the dialog. Partners took turns reading the lines while listening to them on the tape recorder and then took turns reading them to each other. Partners then dictated one line at a time, helping each other with spelling and punctuation and correcting errors. Each dialog climaxed in the students performance of the actions described. Although results were disappointing in terms of mean reading scores, almost every child made progress in some area. The slowest students improved in rote mechanical skills; some of the top students showed a dramatic gain in reading scores. The report includes tables of test results for students in fourth grade and in junior high school. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami Beach, Florida, May 2-6, 1977)