ERIC Number: ED146808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Making the Language Laboratory Work. Notes on an Integrated Approach.
Alberta Modern Language Journal, v16 n1 p6-25 Fall 1977
The language laboratory is a potentially valuable teaching aid. The students' motivation must not be destroyed, however, by forcing them to sit behind a tape recorder in a booth for 45 minutes. They must be given breaks, the working pace must be changed several times, and they must be convinced that they are doing something useful for their language skills. Close supervision and individual guidance are essential for keeping motivation alive. Some work which is best transferred from the classroom to the laboratory is first practice of texts and conversations and structural exercises. A typical low-cost language lab will be based on cassette recorders; booths should not be used because they interfere with normal visual and aural contact. Two conditions must be met if the lab is to function properly as a teaching aid: (1) all material used by the students should be prerecorded, and (2) an instructor should have no more than ten students at one time. Three complaints are frequently made against language labs: (1) a stifling physical layout, (2) an impossibly high student-teacher ratio, and (3) the irrelevance of lab material to work done in class. A lab program must succeed in eliminating these complaints. (CFM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Teachers Association, Edmonton. Modern Language Council.
Note: Pages 7 and 17 may be marginally legible due to small type