Language By Video: An Overview of Foreign Language Instructional Videos for Children

Nancy C. Rhodes and Ingrid Pufahl

Published by the Center for Applied Linguistics and Delta Publishing Company


Language by Video presents the results of a study of the benefits and challenges of using video-based instruction to teach languages to children. The study reviews the five video programs most commonly used in elementary schools: Elementary Spanish, Español para ti, Muzzy, Salsa, and Saludos. Each program is described in relation to its goals, its success at meeting those goals, and its ability to provide the type of instruction needed for students to meet national foreign language standards.

This book will be of special interest to schools and educators considering alternatives to traditional foreign language instruction. The information is presented in a user-friendly format, with practical implications and recommendations as well as suggestions for future research on this relevant topic. 2004

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