ERIC Number: ED331298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Satellite Development Project in French Language & Culture: France-TV Magazine. FIPSE Final Report.
Duverlie, Claud; Pease, Elizabeth
In 1987, a project was undertaken to expand and further develop "France-TV Magazine," a French language and culture video magazine series featuring cultural and political topics and current events taken from actual French television broadcasts. The project addressed needs for the following: (1) culturally authentic, timely, live materials; (2) creation of a first-generation model of satellite-assisted foreign language instruction; (3) rapid production and distribution of instructional materials; and (4) a financially self-supporting high-technology instructional system. "France-TV Magazine" consists of nine new 60-minute video programs for each school year, distributed monthly in videocassette form for broadcast. Each program is accompanied by extensive print materials on diskette and in booklets. User support is offered through a remote bulletin board system. During the project's funding period, all objectives were met and surpassed with the exception of making the project self-supporting. The series has been used in over 200 French language curricula around the country, significantly increased the development of video-based instruction, allowed assessment of the impact of new communication technologies on second language instruction, and demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of satellite-assisted instruction. The primary challenge is currently to transform the wide audience watching or using the program sporadically into regular users and subscribers. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., Baltimore.