Incorporating the Language Laboratory into the Classroom at the Advanced Level


  • Gregory W. Allar

    1. University of New Hampshire
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      Gregory W. Allar (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of New Hampshire; Durham, NH


ABSTRACT Studies on second language acquisition seem to indicate that listening and reading activities play a far more significant role in the development of fluency in a foreign language than do oral drills. In the early stages of language learning, assignments in the language laboratory complement classroom instruction with drills designed to reinforce grammar and develop linguistic competence. Upper division offerings, on the other hand, rarely coordinate language lab materials with classroom instruction. The technique outlined in this paper draws on the use of a wide variety of recorded language materials in conjunction with a structured format for developing fluency at the advanced level.