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Jerry Larson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8078

Scope and Contents

Contains recordings, scripts, and project information regarding Montevidisco, an interactive video-based program designed to assist students of the Spanish language by improving their listening comprehension skills through role-playing situations. Because of the gender-specific nature of the Spanish language, Montevidisco includes two separate series of interactive situations: one for male students and one for female students. Compiled by Jerry Larson, who repurposed the Montevidisco program in 1992 to improve student control and feedback using newer technology.


  • 1979-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Jerry Larson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Jerry Larson if a professor at BYU that improved the Montevisdisco program in 1992.

Dr. Jerry W. Larson is a professor of Spanish Pedagogy and Director of the Humanities Technology and Research Support Center and the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and Spanish from the University of Minnesota in 1977. After teaching Spanish for three years at Northern Arizona University, he was invited to join the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1980. His main professional interests have been in researching and developing technological applications for language learning and testing. In addition to other computerized teaching and testing programs, he, along with colleagues in the Humanities Research Center at BYU, created user enhancements to Montevisdisco, one of the earliest reported computer-controlled, interactive videodisc programs designed specifically to aid in language learning.


1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)




Collection is organized into two series: Montevidisco scripts and instructions (1992-1993), and Montevidisco recordings (1979-1992).

Custodial History

Donated by Jerry Larson in August 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jerry Larson; August 2012.


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; Stephanie Laabs; August 2012.

Register of Jerry Larson Papers
Stephanie Laabs
2012 August 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States