ERIC Number: ED360810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Listening in Russian. Instructional Materials for the Less Commonly Taught Languages.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Yonkers, NY.
The video-based exercises, designed at the Novice High to Intermediate High skill levels on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages language proficiency scale, are aimed at developing non-interactive listening comprehension. The tapes used contain authentic broadcast Russian. Nothing is adapted. The trick to using real Russian is not to adapt the script, but to adjust the task required of the student. Tasks are basically two types: preparatory and sensitizing. Several recommendations are made on how to plug the exercises into a curriculum: (1) students should do television exercises at home or in the language lab, not in class; (2) students should be given ungraded feedback in English; (3) students should provide feedback; (4) budget enough time; (5) make sure that students do the exercises properly; (6) students must live with the frustration of not understanding every word; (7) students should be encouraged to work together. An additional section to the student gives instructions on how to use video exercises and how they are designed to help with listening comprehension. (AB)
Descriptors: Broadcast Television, Listening Comprehension, Listening Skills, Russian, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Skill Development, Television, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Visual Aids
ACTFL Materials Center, 6 Executive Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701-6801 (videotapes can be ordered).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Yonkers, NY.