Author: Atsushi Fukada
This CALL system is an implementation of a new type of language learning activity devised by the author called jigsaw listening. (cf. Fukada and Takagi 1996) It allows a digital video clip of a conversation in a foreign language to be presented piece by piece in a jumbled order. The learner's task is to listen to each piece and reconstruct the original conversation by reordering them. Although this may sound like a game, it has theoretical justifications, some of which are presented below as grounds for adopting the system for the project.
In short, this activity is not a simple receptive listening activity,
but is one that also involves production skills, organizational knowledge,
and top-down discourse processing. It is an integrated type of learning
activity which is arguably very beneficial to the learner at all levels.
The following two modules have been created. These modules are based on video clips extracted from a database of instructional video clips compiled by Tsukuba University. Creation of these clips was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Education, JAPAN, 1996. They are not to be used for any commercial purposes.
*I would like to acknowledge the Multimedia Instructional Development Center (MIDC) at Purdue University for providing funds to complete the development of the system, in addition to the CIC institutions for providing start-up funds.
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