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Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2018;19(4):1-26.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.16875/stem.2018.19.4.1    Published online November 30, 2018.
The Effectiveness of Using Films and Documentaries in the EAP Classroom to Teach Contemporary Political Discourse
Kitai Kim
This article examines the effectiveness of using films and documentaries to teach topics related to weapons proliferation as well as the use of small arms and light weapons in the English for academic purposes (EAP) classroom. The use of films and documentaries is intended to supplement the course textbook and lectures to help students improve content knowledge and communicative competence in a course called Contemporary Political Discourse. The study uses the films Charlie Wilson’s War and Lord of War to examine the global proliferation of weapons as well as Michael Moore’s documentary Bowling for Columbine to examine the issues of small arms and light weapons in America. This study builds on prior research that highlights the difficulties students face when transitioning from high school EFL classes to the conceptually dense prose in EAP content courses at the university level. The study presents methods of utilizing documentary and films to teach the course material using film clips, film scripts, and class discussions. Based on the results of student surveys, the study concludes that films are an effective resource to teach content as well as improve communicative competence for students who are unaccustomed to an EAP setting in a global program in Korea.
Key Words: EAP;films;content comprehension;communicative competence;weapons proliferation
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