ERIC Number: ED318215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Video as a Reading Tool in Spanish Intermediate Courses.
The use of videotape recordings as a means of providing background information to reading materials in the Spanish foreign language classroom is discussed in two parts. The first part illustrates an activity where television commercials, targeted at specific Hispanic groups, are viewed by students prior to the reading of short articles. This activity is helpful in sensitizing students to the characteristics that distinguish different Hispanic groups. In this activity, students view the video without sound, fill in charts about the action in the commercial, and re-view the video with sound to compare their responses. This exercise is followed up with other exercises, including relating the commerical to real-life situations, reading a supplementary article, engaging in discussion, and writing a reaction to the article. The second part demonstrates the viewing of a short story on video before reading it. After viewing the first 15 minutes of the video in silence, students respond to a series of questions about the video, its events, characters, vocabulary, and dialogue. Afterward, the exercises can be repeated for the rest of the story. Titles and sources of recommended prerecorded story videos are listed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Perspectives in Foreign Language Teaching. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Literatures (12th, Youngstown, OH, October 21-22, 1988); see FL 018 244.