ERIC Number: ED331292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-28
Variations on a Theme: Film and ESL.
MacDonald, Gina; MacDonald, Andrew
A carefully-planned course in English as a Second Language (ESL) based on film can be a highly effective and enjoyable way to introduce students to both language and culture. The ready availability of videocassettes makes film a viable teaching tool. Film naturally combines a variety of language skills as students decode dialogue, read criticism, discuss perceptions, and write commentary. Popular film is authentic, features culture, and is in language appropriate to social class, profession, age, region, and background. However, the successful film course depends on the following: (1) goal-defined criteria for film selection; (2) development of thorough, helpful support materials; and (3) assignments and evaluative methods that motivate, encourage reference to support materials, and release student enthusiasm. Films can be selected to supplement an existing course, particularly a reading course; provide an overview of U.S. culture; prepare students for future literature courses; introduce students to different forms of writing; teach film study; achieve linguistic goals; or investigate cultural attitudes intriguing or disturbing to students. Each film should be accompanied by program notes and by other available materials and activities such as texts, speeches, and cultural events. Course development is guided by student ability level, interest, and response. (MSE)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Assignments, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Film Study, Instructional Materials, Media Selection, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Instruction, Student Evaluation, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (25th, New York, NY, March 24-28, 1991).