Soap in the Language Lab


  • Bruce I. Turner

    1. Loyola College
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      Bruce I. Turner (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Assistant Professor of German at Loyola College in Maryland; Baltimore, MD


ABSTRACT One of the problem areas of a language program is often the language lab, especially at the intermediate level. This article discusses the use of a “soap opera” as one constituent of an integrated course approach. Each episode incorporates a vocabulary list derived from whatever reading texts are employed; the list is supplemented by translation exercises and by discussion of the particular grammatical principles being studied. At the end of each episode questions test listening comprehension; later the written text is presented to the class for brief discussion. Students write the final episode of the soap opera themselves at the end of the semester.