ERIC Number: ED394329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
U.S. Television and Non-native Speakers of English: Sociocultural and Sociolinguistic Issues.
Television is composed of multiple cultural and linguistic codes. The understandings that non-native speakers (NNSs) of English in the United States derive from these codes carries important implications for their attitudes toward the host culture and its language, and also for evolution of their second-language identities. A study investigated the television viewing habits of a cross-section of NNSs and their sociocultural effects. Results discussed here pertain to those who watched a great deal of television, with anecdotal evidence offered. Subjects represented a variety of ages and cultural backgrounds. Most reported that their television viewing time was important in practicing English listening while being entertained and accessing important information for daily living and for American acculturation. It is also suggested that television viewing also carries the risk of uncritical consumption which only a portion of the respondents acknowledged. It is concluded that critical viewing skills are needed for television to be a positive language-learning tool in the home environment. In the classroom, television can provide an opportunity for critical engagement of television's varied codes and discovery of new and empowering meanings. Contains 11 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).