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An Interactive Video Program: TOPIC (Training for Oral Proficiency Interviewing Competence)

Issue: Vol 6 No. 3 (1988)

Journal: CALICO Journal

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DOI: 10.1558/cj.v6i3.51-59


This article discusses the development and production of the interactive video refresher training program "TOPIC' (Training for Oral Proficiency Interviewing Competence). The oral proficiency interview is a face- to-face test of a candidate's speaking proficiency. TOPIC teaches interviewing and evaluation skills to oral proficiency testers.

Under computer control, this interactive video program provides the user with videotaped sample interviews in German, simulation-type activities, and explanations for remedial purposes.

The program can be used as a prototype for the development of refresher training programs in other languages. Authoring was done in CDS/Genesis. TOPIC runs on the Sony View System.

Author: Gaby West

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