Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2017;18(2):1-17.
Published online May 30, 2017.
Using Educational Movies to Develop Language Skills: Design Considerations for Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Linda Fang, YunJoon Jason Lee, Anita Stangl
For EFL classes to be effective, lessons have to consider the learners’ language ability. Participating in a conversation requires acquiring the right vocabulary, the correct use in context, turn taking, and the ability to respond to statements by others. In the process of acquiring proficiency in the target language, the language teacher should be mindful of the struggles that the learners face. As the development of videos (media) has emerged, movies, TV series and YouTube clips are utilized for language learning. However, with focus on the subject, professional educational media can change the language learning experience. The aim of this paper is to explore ways to use an existing educational movie produced by Medien LB to teach EFL learners to participate in a conversation through Kumaravadivelu’s (1994) post-method approach. It proposes an approach that is student-centered, and encourages a more natural way to learn English. In other words, contextualization, culture sensitivity and learner autonomy will be key to structuring EFL language classes. The post-method framework will be used to design lessons for Asian EFL learners, catering to their differing needs. They will be able to participate in interacting and reacting to the educational movie content.
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