Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2008;9(1):3-29.
Published online June 30, 2008.
Students' Perception of In-class Activities: Picture Stories, Movies, and Storytelling
Young wan Shin Christian
In spite of the well-documented benefits of using movies for language learning, the grim reality is that its potential is to a greater or lesser extent unrealized in typical language classes. In this regard, a diverse assortment of accompanying activities appears instrumental in helping teachers take advantage of movies. Especially activities that are user-friendly and rather generic in nature should be made available so that teachers could readily adapt them to capitalize on the potential of movies and possibly other multimedia resources for language learning and teaching. In this context, a way of using picture stories, in combination with movie segments that contain first-person narration, to help students ease into storytelling is discussed. To reflect on the students' attitude toward the activities, their perception is explored through a questionnaire complemented by informal interviews. In addition to contributing to the stockpile of teaching materials for future use, the activities mentioned here shed light on how frequently used communicative activities can be modified and incorporated into movie viewing.
Key Words: movies;picture stories;storytelling
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