ERIC Number: ED168336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Group-Discussion Language Laboratory Developed to Assist a Subject-Language Interaction Method. CILA Bulletin, No. 28.
New group-discussion language laboratories and the implementation of a subject-language interaction method are described. The use of the language equipment emphasizes free oral intercourse and allows the subject and language or other didactical questions to be dealt with in turns, rather than simultaneously. The laboratories allow students' 14 microphones, with or without the teachers' two microphones, to work together. The crucial aspect of the method is the process of teaching in sequences. A whole sequence of discussions, whose length depends on content, may elapse before the teacher concentrates on purely language questions. The system allows tracing back the passages or the particular words to be the object of didactical comment. During students' speaking or reading, the teacher, when noticing mistakes of pronunciation and intonation, can imprint an impulsion on the recording tape by pressing a button. When the student has finished, the teacher can press buttons "play" and "repeat" and the recorder will unwind the tape, stop at the last impulsion and start playing back the passage with a mistake or anything worth noting. The method can be used to discuss terminology encountered in a passage, the contents of the same passage, and sequences of actual discussing or debating the subjects. Each kind of sequence will be recorded while the teacher can imprint impulsions for consecutive teaching purposes. The equipment used prior to this newly designed equipment is also discussed. (SW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission Interuniversitaire Suisse de Linguistique Appliquee (Switzerland).