ERIC Number: ED280277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Learning a Foreign Language through the Media. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 18.
Devitt, Sean M.
The use of mass media as a means of learning a foreign language from the beginning of language study is discussed. Using the media enables many of the features of the natural language acquisition process to be brought into play in a way that much current language teaching material does not. This position is supported by recent research into the processes of reading and listening. The paper also discusses some of the ways in which activities preceding or accompanying the use of media texts can make the texts accessible to a wide variety of learners, including beginners. Beginners can be helped not only to understand foreign language texts but also to create and edit their own texts at a relatively sophisticated level. This approach greatly enriches the comprehensible linguistic input while also reducing affective barriers to language learning. A practical exercise built around an Italian news story and using four newspaper articles and one radio broadcast transcript in Italian as the basis for a series of activities is appended. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Advance Organizers, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Introductory Courses, Learning Activities, Learning Processes, Mass Media, Media Selection, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Role, Writing Exercises
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Trinity Coll., Dublin (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
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