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ERIC Number: ED355799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 8
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Strategies for Producing a Video-Letter in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Dominguez, Muriel Farley
Mid-Atlantic Journal of Foreign Language Pedagogy, v1 p109-148 Spr 1993
This report discusses the video-letter and defines it as a message transmitted via the video from one party to another in order to convey visually the immediate linguistic and cultural presence of the transmitter to the receiver. The idea for producing the video-letter arose out of a workshop on video correspondence conducted in France under the auspices of the French Government and the American Association of Teachers of French. During the course of that workshop, 15 American teachers and administrators spent 1 week discussing the pedagogical rationale for producing the video-letter. In the fall of 1990, the Intermediate French class of Marymount University, Arlington (Virginia), produced a video-letter addressing a French class from Australia with a similar student population. The video-letter production was structured in such a way that students who performed actively before the camera had an opportunity to use many of the language skills they had studied previously in class. The problematics of a video-letter production in the classroom are clear. First, it is difficult to evaluate the performance of students who participate in this kind of video activity. Furthermore, it is a very time-consuming project. Yet, for the class at Marymount University, the video-letter production was mainly a positive experience: (1) the Marymount class developed a real "espirt de coprs" while working on the language skills project; (2) students prepared their "exposes" better than they had in the past because they knew these projects would be taped and that students from Australia would be viewing the tape; and (3) each student did improve certain oral skills. The video camera is both an eye and an ear which, when used intelligently and with imagination, can be a valuable vehicle for stimulating and improving the communication skills of foreign language students. (VWL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France