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ERIC Number: ED097803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 9
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Motion-Picture Films in Foreign Language Teaching.
Whitburn, M.
During the year 1972-73 experiments were conducted at the University of Brussels on the use of motion picture films as a medium of teaching English as a foreign language to college students. Most of the students were at the intermediate level in English, and needed practice in aural comprehension and oral expression. Selected films were obtained from the British Embassy and the American Library. None of the films chosen were made to serve as media for language teaching; however they became excellent means of exercising ability in aural comprehension when used according to described procedures and techniques. Further experimentation was conducted on other films, and it was concluded that there are several fundamentals to be observed in selecting films for language teaching: (1) the films should be short; (2) the scenes should follow in rapid succession; (3) what appears on the screen should be easy to describe; (4) screen action should never be confusing. In summary, the use of the motion picture in Foreign language teaching is effective if the films are selected to suit the students, and if a specific methodology is used in presentation. The films used and the procedure for presentation are described. (LG)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Instituut Voor Taalonderwijs, Brussels, Belgium
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). Instituut voor Taalonderwijs.
Note: Part of a Colloquium on Language Teaching with the Help of Multiple Methods