Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2009;10(1):171-191.
Published online June 30, 2009.
A study on a teaching model through American soap opera
Ja won Lee, Kee Jung Lee
미국 드라마를 활용한 수업모형에 대한 연구
이자원, 이기정
This paper sheds light on how American soap opera can be used in language classes by suggesting a teaching model. The model helps dispel the belief that words used in American soap opera are too difficult for students with low intermediate proficiency. More specifically, the model largely focuses on the use of nouns for two reasons: (a) nouns are readily accessible even for students with low intermediate proficiency, and (b) first and second language acquisition theories support that nouns are typically acquired first in the process of language learning. In addition, the model promotes different skills of language, i.e., speaking, listening, and reading. For speaking, simple and easy routines and expressions are given to students who are then instructed to practice and internalize them. For listening, a cloze test is provided with emphasis on nouns with which students are already familiar, followed by dictation of the short routines and expressions. For reading, students are asked to read the drama's script accompanied by translation, with focus on grammar and pronunciation. The pedagogical suggestion rooted in whole language learning can offer an instructive and enjoyable learning experience.
Key Words: noun;teaching model;American soap opera

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