LANGUAGE LAB CONCEPT LIST
Students will compile a list of general concepts associated with a language laboratory. Include 1) Descriptions of personal experience with language lab activites. 2) Practical purposes and benefits associated with a foreign language lab. 3) Personnel associated with lab management and maintenance. 4) Equipment and resources associated with the lab facility. 5) Estimates of costs associated with a lab facility.
Compilation of this list does not require research but rather reflection on your own perceptions and experiences. This is designed to provide a comparison of student concepts concerning the foreign language laboratory before and after this course in language lab design. Top
AUDIO SYSTEM LESSON PLAN
Students will submit a lesson plan for a half-hour session using an
audio communication system (eg. Tandberg). The session should have a communicative
objective with either a cultural or grammatical underlying theme. Activities
should involve students individually, in pairs, threes or fours. The activity
may include the teacher's participation. The lesson plan should also include
a system for monitoring students (eg. handouts to be filled in, tapes to
be recorded, information to be gathered, or just random audial monitoring
from master console.) Top
VIDEO PRODUCTION LESSON PLAN
Students will submit a two-part plan for using video recording as an instructional strategy.
1) Lesson plan in which language students write the dialogue, direct and perform a video production with a central language theme. The theme may be situational (eg. a job interview, a video dating service recording, etc.) or based on a grammatical concept (eg. subjunctive or future) that is grounded in a realistic situation (eg. a political press conference.)
2) Lesson plan in which language students view and react to an existing
video tape such as the one created in Lesson plan 1. Top
INSTRUCTIONAL SITUATION LIST
Students will submit ideas for real-life situations or imaginary scenes which succinctly illustrate linguistic points and concepts.Top
LAB INVENTORY PRIORITY LIST
Students will submit an inventory for an imaginary foreign language lab. The assignment is constrained by a limit of seven items (systems, pieces of equipment, etc.) The inventory should list the seven items in order of priority with a essay explaining the importance, the purpose and the theoretical and practical benefits of each item.
(Compare the new lab inventory list with the one you wrote the first week.) Top
AUTHORING TOOL PROJECT
Students will pair up into teams with at least one person confident/experienced with computer authoring programs such as Powerpoint, Hypercard, Hyperstudio, etc. The team will create and exhibit a short (eg. 4-6 screen) presentation depicting or teaching a discreet concept of language or culture. The important part of this project is the exhibition of presentations to other class members. The team will explain: 1) the extent of prior experience with the media involved (eg. whether the team had ever downloaded web graphics before) and list the new resources that the team has discovered, and 2) the ideals that the team was aiming for and the problems they encountered as well as the compromises they made toward their aims. Top
INTERNET WEB EXERCISE
*One alternative project may substitute for either the thesis paper or the final project.