Multimedia and films are a rich source of cultural references and a perfect avenue to engage students in the current student-centered teaching paradigm as well as to build their language proficiency by effectively learning and developing cross-cultural competence. Grounded by that, the presenters will provide examples to illustrate how to incorporate multimedia and/or movies in language classrooms to enhance the understanding of cultural diversity and promote students’ sociocultural competence in second language acquisitions is very crucial for their language proficiency. With appropriate guidance and facilitation across all proficiency levels, students are actively involved in the learning process of both linguistic and sociocultural aspects through movies and multimedia in the era of media boom. Students can gain insight into target language cultural phenomena as they internalize the films’ implicit messages and ultimately acquire intercultural communicative competence.
Lin Tsai, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, United States
Ya-Chiu Hsieh, Defense Language Institute, United States