ERIC Number: ED420171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
In the French Body. FIPSE Final Report.
Massachusetts Univ., Boston.; Tufts Univ., Medford, MA.
This report describes an instructional material development project designed to promote a more holistic concept of second language instruction, embracing nonverbal as well as verbal communication. Initially designed for French instruction and later produced for German, the project had as a concrete goal to produce a distributable version of a package of materials called, "Dans la peau des francais" ("In the French Body") consisting of: a 30-minute videodisc, disk containing Hypercard stacks to run the videodisc, a student handbook and diskette, teaching guide and teacher diskette, and a 150-minute teacher training videotape. The approach has students at the second-year college level and above analyze and assimilate features that distinguish native French speakers from non-natives to achieve a more natural interactional style. Students study facial expression, hand and body movement, tempo, tone, and other cultural traits of communication. The report summarizes the process and products of the project, including discussion of administrative pitfalls, considerations in duplicating the materials for another language, project origins, the licensing agreement, classroom piloting and teacher responses, student use and evaluation of the materials, and other sources of input on the project. (MSE)
Descriptors: Body Language, Communication Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cultural Awareness, French, German, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Interactive Video, Material Development, Nonverbal Communication, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Suprasegmentals, Teacher Education, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston.; Tufts Univ., Medford, MA.
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