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ERIC Number: ED369270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Turning the Tables: Choose the Videos, Construct the Course.
Katchen, Johanna E.
This paper discusses the creation and implementation of a one-semester English as a Second Language (ESL) course in Taiwan that is built around videotape recordings of English used in television programs in various contexts. The course uses common television programs, such as news broadcasts, music videos, travel programs, and commercials, to introduce students to idiomatic English in a classroom setting. The advantages of using news broadcasts are their availability, timeliness of subject matter, short length of individual stories, authentic language, clear and grammatically correct language, exposure to many varieties of language in interview segments, and visual aids and captions. The difficulties of using news broadcasts include choosing stories of interest to the students, the translation of place and personal names, and the over-abundance of place and proper names. These shortcomings can be overcome by repeated playing of broadcasts, along with discussion and analysis of the material being viewed. An appendix presents a suggested outline for a 15-meeting course designed around videotape sources and a guide to choosing news stories for classroom use. (Contains 8 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan