oral skills in advanced Second Language Learners poses several challenges
to any instructor that go beyond the provision of creating a class
environment that animates students to speak. Accuracy tends to be
lower in speaking and listening tasks because of the linearity and
speed of oral language.To increase accuracy, advanced students need
to be exposed to tasks that allow them to slow down their speech
to be able to reflect on their expression and pronunciation. They
also need to be exposed to a large amount of language, to a variety
of speech patterns, and to various inflections.
practice and enhancement of oral language skills on various levels,
we introduced new digital video technology in an advanced German
conversation class by challenging students to create a German language
news report. Students researched their topics on-line, interviewed
speakers on camera, wrote and recorded their own narration, and
digitized and edited their footage -- all in German.
This web site
presents a description and the results of the project.
This web site contains:
powerpoint presentation which focuses on the technological and pedagogical
merits and challenges of such an approach.
handouts with step-by-step information to guide students through the
equipment references to help students understand the equipment and
student projects in German with English subtitles.
list of supporters of the class project.
Department of German,Northwestern
Multimedia Learning Center, Northwestern
2001, Northwestern University