ERIC Number: ED336943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
The Videocassette Challenge: Strategies for the Foreign Language Teacher.
Mount, Richard Terry; And Others
Foreign language teachers can tap the appeal of video successfully and enjoyably in the foreign language classroom. Potential difficulties include length of feature films and difficulty in understanding the language and story simultaneously. The instructor must select materials and equipment carefully and commit considerable time and energy to preparation of well-organized exercises and activities for incorporation of video into the total classroom experience. Choosing videocassettes involves consideration of video type and subject matter, sizes and formats, languages used and subtitles, length, cost, date of original filming, color vs. black and white, ratings (feature-length), preview, purchase, and rental policies, and available teaching aids. For effective classroom use, teachers should preview videos for possible classroom uses, prepare activities, structure the classroom presentation to accomplish feasible and well-defined goals, introduce grammar and vocabulary, show selected video portions to students, show the entire film with pauses for comprehension checks, and show the film without interruption, followed by additional activities. Tapes containing television commercials are versatile sources of activities, and dubbing a travel film can be productive for intermediate to advanced students. Feature films require special attention but can lead to more sophisticated projects. A list of videocassette sources is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: New Challenges and Opportunities. Dimension: Languages 87. Report of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, p145-158, 1988. For the proceedings, see FL 019 352.