Multitasking, Multilevel, Multimedia Software for Intermediate-Level French Language Instruction: Ça continue…


  • Mary Ann Lyman-Hager Ph.D.

    1. Penn State University, University Park
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      The University of Idaho is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of French at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park and Project Director of the Language 3 Initiative in the College of Liberal Arts. She is also Coordinator of Instructional Computing for the College of Liberal Arts.


ABSTRACT  Researchers and practitioners in the field alike cite the importance of in put from native speech in the language acquisition process. Whether one believes in a theoretical perspective emphasizing the value of input (Krashen 1981; 1982) or the dynamic interaction relation between input and output (Bialystok, 1978), there is little doubt that providing students with sufficiently interesting input material (readings, videos, etc.) in the target language can, if used properly, enhance student interest and subsequent language learning. An example of a multimedia program developed at Penn State using a videodisk selection (Teledouzaine, Francis Cabrel's “Encore et Encore,” PICS 1985) illustrates the use of authentic materials with potential for adaptations for various levels, tasks, and media. This particular software project fits in well with the newly designed technology classrooms and the French curriculum of a large IBM-funded multimedia undergraduate language program at Penn State, the Language 3 Initiative and can be used as a model for similar developments in the other languages involved in the Initiative and elsewhere.