Distance Education and Foreign Language Education: Towards a Coherent Approach


  • James N. Davis

    1. The Pennsylvania State University
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      James N. Davis (Ph. D., University of Minnesota) is Assistant Professor of pedagogy in the Department of French, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. He is a member of a university study group on distance education.


ABSTRACT  The distance education movement in North America is growing in size and prestige. The lack of immediate two-way interaction, which characterizes many distance-education programs, appears inimical to the aims of foreign-language teaching. In this article, it is argued that distance technologies, viewed from the perspective ofKrashen's Input Hypothesis, are capable of providing student-friendly foreign-language teaching. An overview of the present state of distance education is presented, along with suggestions for profession-wide dialogue on this powerful channel for instruction.