ERIC Number: ED426590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
An "Uneasy Alliance" of Media Education and Multiculturalism, with a View to Foreign Language Learning Methodology. OLE Publications 4.
This booklet discusses the growing interrelationship between multicultural education and technologically defined media education. First, literature on multicultural education is reviewed, and five separate approaches are identified: human relations; teaching the culturally different; cultural democracy; single-group studies; and multicultural and social reconstructionist education. Next, varieties of media-based instruction are examined: computer-based education; network-based learning; distance education; open learning; and various levels and forms of technology used. Some basic trends within multimedia language instruction are discussed, including the historical convergence of language teaching and instructional media, the shift in emphasis from computer-assisted teaching to computer-enhanced learning, and shifts in the language teacher's role. Related issues being explored by the profession are also noted, including consideration of learning environment, quality of input, quality of communication, the concept of the structure of language, errors, and quality of learning. The booklet concludes by discussing the relationship of various technologies to meaningful language learning. (Contains 88 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cross Cultural Training, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Information Networks, Multicultural Education, Multimedia Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis
Department of Teacher Education, P.O. Box 38 (Ratakatu 6 A) 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Helsinki Univ., (Finland). Dept. of Teacher Education.