Audio-Visual Techniques in Teaching Foreign Languages

Audio-Visual Techniques in Teaching Foreign Languages

Audio-Visual Techniques in Teaching Foreign Languages

Audio-Visual Techniques in Teaching Foreign Languages

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Audio-visual devices of the simpler kind have been available for a long time, yet strange to say, foreign language teachers have made comparatively little use of them. This is all the more deplorable in view of the fact that they lend themselves so well to that area and can strengthen the linguistic phase as well as enrich the cultural phase of language teaching. In this connection teachers have invariably thought of the latter first. A phonograph record was to be used for giving a sample of the music of the foreign people: the film was always shown to depict life in the foreign country.

Within recent years, however, the importance of audio-visual devices in teaching the language has come to the fore. In fact, the very latest materials are primarily concerned with speech. This development is a direct outgrowth of the urgency of a thorough knowledge of foreign languages on the part of our technicians and representatives abroad due to the assumption of cultural, as well as political and military, leadership in the Western world by the United States.

The most realistic evidence of this importance of a knowledge of foreign languages is the National Educational Defense Act which has provided millions of dollars for the improvement of instruction in science, mathematics, and foreign languages. On the secondary level the Act specifically recommends that the moneys be expended for the purchase of orthophonic equipment suitable for language instruction.

Another striking fact is the recent rapid development of . . .

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