ERIC Number: ED284418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
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The "Rear View Mirror" Approach.
Nord, James R.
Nagoya University of Commerce Bulletin, v32 p267-290 Feb 1987
The new interactive videodisk systems with augmented audio capabilities have great potential for improving the teaching of foreign languages. At present that potential is unfulfilled because the profession is following a "rear view mirror" approach to media use: first, to fixate current practice; second, to distribute it broadly; and last, to manipulate the medium's distinctive characteristics in new and unusual ways to effect a higher level of communication. At present these systems are confined to the first two levels of use. As we become increasingly aware that (1) language is an interactive process of form and meaning occurring in the human brain, (2) new technology is ideal for manipulating form and meaning, and (3) learning is a neurological growth process rather than a behavior, we may begin to see how the new media can be used to improve foreign language teaching in a new and unique way. Possible uses of the unique characteristics of the new technology include use of narrative and descriptive discourse as the primary form of subject matter, and using individual responses to new and interesting materials as a guide to manipulating the interaction of form and meaning with technology. (MSE)
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