ERIC Number: ED413770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Multimedia in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Andrews, Barbara S.
Second language teachers are encouraged to assign multimedia projects to their students. They are challenging for the student to create, can effectively reinforce learning, and are a fun way for students to practice language skills. Rather than have students draw a poster or write a paper, the teacher can assign a presentation using a combination of media. Project topics might include: a grammar lesson; autobiography; an alphabet book; cultural comparisons; a family tree; portfolios; "book" creation; and clothing. Teachers can create their own multimedia presentations for presenting new material, reviewing old material, or creating make-up lessons. Needs include a computer with appropriate capabilities and an authoring program. Copyright-free resources are available on the World Wide Web, in the library, and on bookshelves. Training to use multimedia should be available locally; supporting resources are on the Web. With planning and clear instructions, students can develop multimedia projects even when few computers are available, particularly when working in small groups. Students who have advanced computer skills can help orient and train other students. Evaluation criteria for projects should be explicit, should be provided before the project begins, and cooperation should be graded. Student projects can be published online. Contains 4 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programming), Classroom Techniques, Computer Software, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Multimedia Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Small Group Instruction, Student Developed Materials, Student Projects, Teacher Developed Materials
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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