Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2015;16(2):19-33.
Published online July 30, 2015.
Look it up: Phrasal Verbs in The Simpsons
Eoin Daly, Hubert H Pak
This study attempts to investigate whether learners can better memorize the meaning of phrasal verbs via animated video clips than through traditional paper-based instruction. Second language learners experience particular trouble with the idiomatic nature of phrasal verbs. The sheer volume and variety confuse and confound learners used to using prior knowledge and contextual clues to negotiate meaning. Research has shown that phrasal verbs are more difficult to memorize than other types of vocabulary. Using video clips of characters using phrasal verbs in context could help EFL learners to recall and produce phrasal verbs. A class of upper-intermediate-level adult English learners was shown video clips from the animated TV show The Simpsons to find out whether it would have any effect on their ability to memorize and reproduce phrasal verbs. Through quantitative analysis, it was found that learners introduced to the phrasal verbs through the video clips showed greater recall than those who studied via traditional methods only. The significance of the results of this pilot study suggests that a larger study with more participants would be beneficial in determining whether teachers should include video clips in their curricula as part of vocabulary lessons.
Key Words: phrasal verbs;animation;cartoon;video;recall;production;multimedia;vocabulary
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