Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2010;11(1):271-298.
Published online June 30, 2010.
Movies for EFL Language, Content and Literature Classes: Showcasing The Devil Wears P rada
Daugherty Cynthia, Nakashima Chiharu, Akiyoshi Reiko
This paper describes three ways of using a movie in university-level English as a foreign language classes for the teaching of content, language and literature. The movie The Devil Wears Prada is used to demonstrate each approach. First, the paper shows how the movie can serve as material for sustained-content language teaching. This section suggests a theme and the content for the course, including an academic-style lecture. It also recommends language and skill focuses that will enable students to address the theme in a critical way. Second, the paper describes a way of using high-speed movie dialogues for beginning and intermediate listening and speaking classes. In this method, the students are creatively involved in the scene and can lose themselves in repetitive practice of the lines for the development of fluency and automaticity. Third, the paper looks at how the movie can be used to develop students' appreciation of novels, particularly the narrative aspect. The movie is paired with Theodore Dreiser's novel, Sister Carrie because of key similarities between the main characters and their circumstances. Students engage with the characters through the activities of writing stage directions and internal monologues.
Key Words: EFL;movies for language teaching;literature teaching;sustained-content teaching;skills courses
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