College laboratory classrooms are increasingly being equipped with hi-tech multimedia equipment such as computer and laser playback technology. But the academic effectiveness of the equipment remains unexplored. This presentation demonstrates how the DVD-Video player combined with or without computer technology can provide powerful and multiple functions for the classroom, enable the teacher to design various film activities, create different subtitles for different ability level students, and encourage students' participation in the content selection and the design of learning activities. This paper provides techniques and guidelines for using this technology and for conducting a learner-centered cooperative teaching practice. The main goals of this paper are twofold: (1) to draw more teachers toward the use of hi-tech audiovisual equipment in the laboratory classroom, showing them how this can empower their teaching effectiveness; and (2) to urge school administrators to equip modern laboratory classrooms with hi-tech technology that will improve students' language learning and overall academic performance.
Proceedings of the the Ninth International Symposium on English Teaching=第九屆中華民國英語文教學國際研討會論文集, pp.431-438