Foster Critical Thinking Skills through Movies and Multimedia


The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate how to foster students' critical thinking skills by adopting multimedia and film in the classroom. In the current practice of the learning and teaching paradigm of student-centered approach, creating an environment to promote the learners’ critical thinking abilities by actively engaging them in the processes of analysis, interpretation, evaluation, explanation, problem-solving and reflection is extremely critical. To achieve that, multimedia serves as an effective tool to facilitate learner autonomy and critical thinking skills. Therefore, the presenter will demonstrate how to use film/movie/multimedia to activate language learners' higher order thinking skills and provide social and cultural background knowledge to enhance their language learning. Through group forums and discussions, learners will be guided to find and provide evidence, such as scenes and characters’ reactions to support their arguments. Besides, in-depth analysis of the film in order to understand the metaphors, symbols and deep symbolic meaning will be part of hands-on activities. Most of learners are 'Digital native' and 'the Net Generation' nowadays, utilizing online multimedia not only creates environments that engage students in the thinking processes, but also prompts students to express diverse opinions and engages them in a variety of thinking process activities that drive them to be involved and be proactive in their own learning.

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Lin Tsai, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, United States
Ya-Chiu Hsieh, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, United States

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Conference: PCE2022
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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