Juan Carlos Gallego (Ph.D. candidate, University of California at Los Angeles) is the campuswide teaching assistant consultant for international TAs at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
Tele-Classes: The Way of the Future A Report on a Language Exchange Via Satellite
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1992 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 25, Issue 1, pages 51–58, February 1992
How to Cite
Gallego, J. C. (1992), Tele-Classes: The Way of the Future A Report on a Language Exchange Via Satellite. Foreign Language Annals, 25: 51–58. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1992.tb00513.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT A class of UCLA students conducted a language exchange with a group of students in Spain using a photophone—a telephone-like device which allows the interlocutors to see each other's still picture on a small screen while talking. This exchange is referred to here as a Tele-class.
This report describes such Tele-class while pointing out its linguistic and cultural gains, as well as its limitations. The U.S. students's responses to two questionnaires are also reported, in addition to a list of recommendations for Tele-class planners.
The experience proved to be a success, enhancing motivation, language learning, and cultural awareness. However, more similar projects and substantial research are needed to explore the full potential of the Tele-class as a language learning environment.