Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2011;12(2):117-142.
Published online December 30, 2011.
A study of M-AL method in a movie-based course to enhance learners' communicative competence in English
Jae Oke Joe
영어 의사소통능력 향상을 위한 M-AL학습 지도방안 연구
In our global village, English is regarded as the most important language needed to communicate with others. For people living in an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) environment in which exposure to the English language is limited, however, developing the ability to communicate in English fluently is not easy. This study originated from the need to design a teaching and learning model to meet the goal of enhancing learners' communicative competence in using English in a movie-based course at college. Based on an analysis and benchmarking analysis, a complete picture of a new teaching and learning model using the M-AL (Mimicking-Action Learning) method for teaching English through movies was tried and is explained. The M-AL method combines Action-Learning, which is done in small groups to support the ability to learn through mutual interdependence and interconnectedness, with the Mimicking technique which mimics target language speakers' speech patterns, gestures, facial expressions, etc. to facilitate acquisition of the target language. The process of each lesson comprises four steps: Adapting, mimicking, consolidating, and mastering. Lastly, this paper explores the results of a student survey to aid us in our ongoing evaluation of movie-based courses.
Key Words: screen English;mimicking;action learning;self-directed method
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