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The study reported here evaluated the usefulness of interactive videodisc technology and materials to teach second languages at the elementary and middle school levels, particularly in a context in which teachers lack expertise in the target language. A 3-year project used videodiscs to teach Spanish, French, and Japanese. The report presents, in question-and-answer form, the evaluation results and additional findings concerning design of appropriate lessons, the teachers' experience in using the materials and technology, student response, problems encountered, and lessons learned. It is concluded that use of videodiscs by teachers not skilled in the target language is a viable means of teaching the rudiments of the language. Since the intent of the materials is to teach basic vocabulary, sensitize children to differences in culture, and motivate them to learn more about other lands and peoples, it is possible to use videodiscs to create vicarious contact. It was also found that the teacher's attitudes are crucial in producing this kind of learning. (MSE)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, French, Instructional Material Evaluation, Interactive Video, Japanese, Media Selection, Native Speakers, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Spanish, Teacher Attitudes, Uncommonly Taught Languages

Autor: Eastmond, Nick; Elwell, Catherine


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