Language Learning Behind the Screen: Movies for Second Language Acquisition


Teaching English through movies, TV-shows, and video clips is a relatively modern way of enhancing language acquisition. The benefits of using American movies for improving students’ English language proficiency have been studied by many researchers (e.g., Webb, 2011; Gormly, 2013; Lavaur & Bairstow, 2011; Etemadi, 2012) who supported the idea that, unlike traditional ESL instruction, authentic American movies are able to target all major language aspects as a unit without separating each individual skill, thus increasing the effectiveness of language instruction. This presentation explains the benefits of using video materials for English language instruction. It will cover the organizational process of implementing movies into an ESL classroom which include (1) relevance and appropriateness, and (2) genre selection. The presenter will also talk about the principles of developing the course structure, which will consist of different types of pre-watching, while-watching, and post-watching activities. The session concludes with recommendations for effective incorporation of American TV-shows in English teaching programs. Attendees will leave the presentation informed and inspired to use authentic TV-shows in their classrooms for effective second language acquisition.

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Tetyana Kucher, University of North Texas, United States

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Conference: IICEHawaii2020
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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Kucher T. (2020) Language Learning Behind the Screen: Movies for Second Language Acquisition ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2020 Official Conference Proceedings
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