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ERIC Number: ED388247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Silent Movies: A Digitized Video Approach to the Russian Verb.
Frumkes, Lisa A.
A HyperCard stack using digitized video to provide students of Russian with meaningful exercise in the use of verbal aspect and verbs of motion and position is described. Several problems presented by the Russian verb are defined. Examples of traditional textbook exercises are presented--translations, fill-ins, and picture-based approaches, and are shown to provide inadequate practice in the use of these verbs. A new alternative is suggested: video without an audio track gives students pedagogically sound practice by allowing them to independently generate full sentences to describe what is happening in a scene, while making only minimal reference to their native language. Parsing options, or codes which provide some information to the program about the correct answer, include: identifying the category (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) of each word in the sentence; indication of the cases (nominative, accusative, dative, etc.) of individual nouns and the tenses and aspects of the verbs; and dividing each word into stem and ending. The variety and flexibility of feedback available to students, both error-correction and grammatical, and the scoring capability of "Silent Movies" are also discussed. (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A