ERIC Number: ED358735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Using Multimedia To Improve the Aural Proficiency of High School Students of Spanish.
Sprayberry, Roslyn R.
An experimental study investigated the effectiveness of multimedia instruction in improving listening comprehension of high school students studying second-year Spanish. Specific comprehension difficulties were found in recognizing linguistic and cultural implications, making guesses based on key words and phrases, and understanding and responding appropriately to information given orally. Six major causes for the problems were identified: neglect of listening comprehension skills in instruction; student lack of discriminatory listening techniques; inadequate knowledge of Spanish vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, and native language interference; lack of knowledge of linguistic and cultural connotations in some words and phrases; inadequate textbook treatment of listening strategies; and ineffective native-language listening skills. A multimedia instructional approach was adopted with 50 randomly selected students. Techniques used include paired and group work, listening stations in the classroom, student-written cultural notebooks, student-generated lists of listening strategies, filmstrips and videos, use of Total Physical Response commands, student creation of visual aids, minidramas and skits, telephone conversations and interviews, creation of commercials, games, and guest speakers. Students were receptive to and enthusiastic about the process, and posttests indicated significant language achievement gains over the period of treatment. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum report, Nova University.