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ERIC Number: EJ848021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3501
Internet Television News in the Classroom TF1: Improved Features Make Sites More Useful
LeLoup, Jean W.; Ponterio, Robert
Language Learning & Technology, v8 n2 p3-6 May 2004
Truly current, up-to-the-minute video by native speakers using the language for real communication can make the language and culture come alive for students. With the explosion of broadband Internet access through cable and DSL, better connections in schools, faster low cost computers, and better graphics adapters, access to authentic video on the Internet is approaching the promise of usable digital video for the language teacher. As more end-users get fast Internet access, media companies are targeting their video to these markets. Faster computers along with this fast connection have managed to improve quality through better use of compression. Also, newer video cards help speed the display of smooth, clear video while offering TV-out and full screen modes, providing more flexibility for the teacher. But the technology is just the first step. The design features of a media site can go a long way towards making video pedagogically usable. There are many television sites around the world that offer streaming video, especially for news programming. The French television channel, TF1, broadband video news site is an example of a well thought out presentation whose features help the language teacher use the video in a sound lesson. In this article, the authors examine the features of the site and suggest ways that they can be best used to maximize the benefit for the teacher and students.
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Language: English
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