ERIC Number: ED218935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
PLATO Sitcom Dialogs for Russian.
Dawson, Clayton; Provenzano, Nolen
Studies in Language Learning, v3 n1 p92-97 Spr 1981
Situation comedy (sitcom) dialogs that are included in PLATO lessons for first year Russian students are described. These comprehension exercises make use of both the touch panel and the audio capabilities of PLATO. The sitcom dialogs were written by a native speaker of Russian and are based on the vocabulary in the textbook plus a small number of additional items presented on PLATO. The sitcom dialogs generally have a humorous touch and usually consist of two or three short scenes. They come at the very end of the PLATO lessons and are designed to enhance the student's reading-listening comprehension abilities, as well as to expand passive vocabulary knowledge. Introductory pages present the title of the sitcom dialog in both Russian and English, plus a very brief statement in English setting the scene. Next, the new Russian vocabulary is presented with English translation which also provides some clue to the story. Students can press the NEXT key and see the first scene unfold in Russian, line by line, until the entire conversation appears on the video screen. As each new line appears on the screen with new items underlined, the student automatically hears it through earphones, spoken at ordinary speed. The student can press to hear and see it again or may see just the items in translation, the entire sentence in English translation, or the Russian sentence. The student sets the pace and may press a key to move to a set of questions about the sitcom. Any time the student encounters difficulties, the HELP key can be pressed to see the dialog again, the DATA key to see the new word list, and the LAB key to practice the dialog. Questions are in the light tone of the sitcoms and answers include a brief commentary. (SW)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, College Second Language Programs, Comedy, Computer Assisted Instruction, Dialogs (Language), Display Systems, Higher Education, Humor, Listening Comprehension, Online Systems, Programed Instructional Materials, Reading Comprehension, Russian, Second Language Instruction, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods, Translation, Vocabulary Development
Not available separately, see FL 012 990.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.