ERIC Number: ED463656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Language Maintenance at a Distance: The Daily Russian "Vitamin."
Valentine, Susan M.; Supinski, Stanley B.; Sutherland, Richard L.
This study addressed how to maintain "use or lose" language skills among Department of Defense linguists. The study, which involved over 300 linguists at 61 installations worldwide, supported the Air Force strategy of global engagement by regularly providing pedagogically sound language maintenance materials in small doses and encouraging linguists to maintain skills by building interactive, supportive communities of professionals. Participants were enrolled in 2 e-mail distribution lists: an announce list, which pushed a Russian "vitamin" lesson each day for 10 consecutive days, and a discuss list, where linguists commented on lessons, discussed relevant issues, and built ongoing relationships with others. The study demonstrated the feasibility of the lesson delivery system and the potential of networking linguists into an online community via a listserv. The all-inclusive, concise lesson format was user friendly and extremely useful for language maintenance. The discuss list was a useful forum for community building as linguists expressed views and opinions on issues relevant to the group and received feedback. Of those subjects who completed the end of study survey, 96 percent agreed or strongly agreed this was an effective method of language maintenance. (Contains 41 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Computer Uses in Education, Discussion Groups, Electronic Mail, Information Networks, Language Maintenance, Listservs, Russian
For full text: http://www.usafa.af.mil/iita/Publications/DailyVitamin/ Vitamin%20Final.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.