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Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2018;19(2):1-19.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.16875/stem.2018.19.2.1    Published online May 30, 2018.
An Overview: American Television Series as Authentic Resources for English Language Development
Tia Kimball
Abstract
How can English language learners (ELLs) increase their exposure to spoken English while studying English in their home country? How can they prepare themselves to understand spoken English while traveling abroad? What should EFL teachers do to encourage their students to practice listening outside of the classroom? American television series (AMTVS) are a popular medium of studying English for ELLs worldwide due to their perceived authenticity. AMTVS are more accessible now with the advent of Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. Instructors worldwide use AMTVS in the classroom to increase engagement and expose their students to a variety of linguistic features in English. The use of closed-captions increases ELLs’ vocabulary, and improves their informal, figurative, and formulaic language acquisition as well as their listening and reading comprehension. Teachers can incorporate AMTVS into their listening instruction to expose ELLs in EFL settings to a variety of language conventions such as grammar, reduced speech, contractions, and various accents. This paper provides an overview of the variety of teaching points that instructors of ELLS can integrate into their classrooms for more context-based and enriched instruction. The linguistic challenges that educators must consider are discussed. This article concludes with the myriad of teaching and learning opportunities available that can help ELLs’ English language development.
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