ERIC Number: ED259572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
So You Want To Be in Pictures: Videotaping in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Bowman, Connie L.
OMLTA Journal, p21-27 1985
In one high school French department, videotaping began to be used as part of a final examination. It was found that the students wanted to see their tapes and began to critique their own and others' performances. The next year, taping was done earlier in the school year so that the tapes could be used as performance models. Students were more at ease before the camera and the presentations and conversations were more relaxed and natural. Taping is now used extensively in the curriculum, with each student being taped four to six times a year. The student is given part of the class time to prepare for the taping, and each student has an opportunity to critique his own and the general performance. In French I, the students begin by creating a conversation using a controlled vocabulary, and advance to more freedom in skit presentation and topic selection. French II students are taped early in the year for reference and are given more freedom in selecting topics. The teacher reviews the story, pronunciation, and grammar in the class before taping. French III students use selections from books that are read in class, fairy tales, the textbook, and their own ideas. At this level, the students are found to take great pride in their presentations, using costumes and careful planning. In some cases, the tapings are done in student homes. Many of the same techniques can be used with a cassette recorder. Teachers are urged to let students use their considerable creativity to benefit from this equipment in the classroom. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Dialogs (Language), Difficulty Level, Drama, Evaluation Methods, French, Group Activities, Interviews, Introductory Courses, Peer Evaluation, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Motivation, Videotape Recordings, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents, see FL 015 131-139.