ERIC Number: ED337004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
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Reversing the Role of the Foreign Language Lab: From Practice to Presentation.
Gartman, Max D.
A change in language laboratory use at the University of North Alabama has given new meaning to the lab requirement and role. While developing a language program, the developer reviewed the language lab's traditional role and found a mixed history with many negative aspects. Personal experience also revealed problems, including: students and teacher never seem to have enough time in class; explanations of procedures are often frustrating for students; a cassette recorder can be as effective as use of the lab; the materials available are sometimes inappropriate; there is little time for students to play back their own recordings; and person-to-person practice makes more sense. As a result, the lab's traditional role has been reversed at the university. It is used for presenting the lesson, and classroom time is used for practice. In the lab, a three-step procedure is used: (1) an upper-level student plays the commercially-produced tapes; (2) a teacher-prepared tape presents the lesson, using classroom-style language; and (3) the student assistant asks if he may help with pronunciation or provide clarification. The tapes and method are currently being refined. A 17-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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