ERIC Number: ED376498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Media, Metaphor and English Language Teaching.
MacLennan, Carol H. G.
A series of studies examined the media use habits of Hong Kong students trying to improve their English. Subjects for the first three studies, 138 pre-service student teachers in Hong Kong, completed questionnaires. Frequency of media use provided some indications of students' level of commitment to the study of English. In study four, students were asked to list the kinds of language items they learned from each type of media. A checklist developed from their responses became the data collection instrument for study five, which asked students to give examples of items they recently learned. None of the students felt they could provide any examples of items learned from the media. In study six, students were given one week to complete the checklist. Students indicated that they learned a wide range of vocabulary from media, but results of study seven indicated that students supplied correct meanings for 29% of the examples of items they said they learned from the media. Study eight analyzed a random sample of 50 essays from a total of 2000 on the topic of "Using the media to improve your English," written by first-year students at a tertiary institution. Study nine examined the main reason offered by subjects as to why they did not make much use of the media--the difficulty of understanding native English speakers. Findings suggest that the resources provided by the Hong Kong media in English are being seriously underutilized and could be exploited far more profitably in terms of student learning. (Contains 2 tables of data and 10 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong