Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Some reasons why using movies in a ESL/EFL classroom is a great idea

Working with feature films

  • Is intrinsically motivating
  • Exposes students to different native speaker voices, slang, reduced speeches, stress, accent, dialects
  • Provides contextualized linguistic, paralinguistic and authentic cross-cultural information

You can use them to
  • Practise listening strategies and fluency
  • Illustrate grammar and pronunciation points
  • Learn new vocabulary, idioms and context-bound expressions
  • Present cultural background
  • Encourage theme-based discussion
  • Provide enjoyable language learning opportunities

“Using authentic sources from the native speech community helps to engage students in authentic cultural experiences” (Peterson & Coltrane, 2003).

King, J. 2002. “Using DVD feature films in the EFL classroom.” The weekly column.
Marcikiewicz, A. “How to Teach Through Culture and Culture Through Popular Movies?”
Peterson, E. & Coltrane, B. 2003. “Culture in Second Language Teaching”, Centre for Applied Linguistics Website.
Picture by Siggito http://www.flickr.com/photos/siggito/2218711219/

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