ERIC Number: ED370647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
A High-Tech Lab for Speech, Sign, and Foreign Languages at Johnson County Community College.
Scott, Richard W.
Johnson County Community College, in Kansas, recently implemented a unique laboratory combining interactive video, computers, and peer tutors to support its speech communication, foreign language, and interpreter training departments. The facility is equipped with 15 interactive, video-based work stations, costing $3,930 each; four computer stations; and a video-recording studio with a camcorder and monitor. Sign language interpreter training students use the lab to complete skills tests in a fraction of the time individual interviews would require. A library of over 200 videotapes is also kept in the lab for students to practice signing, and members of the local deaf community produce additional tapes. Foreign language students view videotapes of foreign language television programs purchased from PBS and the lab currently employs peer tutors for sign, Spanish, French, and German languages. In addition, a world-wide television satellite is being installed to form the core of foreign language lab instruction in the near future. Finally, students in public speaking and interpersonal communication classes use the lab to watch speech-related videos and to videotape their speeches for self-critique. A large variety of video programs, motion pictures, and collections of speeches are available in addition to a computer program for organizing speech outlines. (KP)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Audiovisual Centers, Audiovisual Instruction, College Second Language Programs, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Technology, Interactive Video, Language Laboratories, Satellites (Aerospace), Second Language Learning, Sign Language, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (16th, Austin, TX, May 22-25, 1994); document contains photographs which may not reproduce well.