ABSTRACT  The mere utilization of the videotape will not assure free-flowing conversation. Before taping, attentive selection of material and careful preparation are essential. In this experiment all sessions taped were a follow-up to students working with a unit on a French village. Students read interviews, prepared language and cultural exercises, and saw slides and films before attempting role-playing in front of the camera. The conscious effort required by the experiment created a new feeling of intimacy between students and teachers. The opportunity for self-analysis was found highly beneficial. Students felt that they had reinforced their language skills and their cultural awareness while learning how to pay more attention to each other as well.