The use of interactive media in foreign language learning
AbstractThis paper discusses the use of interactive videodiscs and CD-ROMs in connection with the learning of foreign languages in Denmark and selected countries (Australia, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the USA). Discs currently being used include specially produced language discs, authentic materials (films and documentaries), multimedia databases and discs originally developed outside Denmark for use in subjects other than languages. The hardware required ranges from a monitor, simple LaserVision player and remote control to computer-based systems with one or two screens. Many of the materials in use or under development suffer from the fact that they are designed for use by individuals on hardware configurations costing between US$4,000 - $10,000. The paper includes suggestions for external funding and potential partners for EC applications, as well as a listing of institutions currently working in the field.
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