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ERIC Number: EJ982844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Film Circles: Scaffolding Speaking for EFL Students
Stephens, Crissa
English Teaching Forum, v50 n2 p14-20 2012
Pre-service teachers around the world face a unique challenge: bridging the gap between traditional teaching focused on grammar translation and receptive skills, and communicative teaching aimed at well-rounded communication skills. Many new EFL teachers learned English in a traditional context that emphasized memorization and grammar, but after four years of studying pedagogy, they have become very knowledgeable about current communicative teaching methods. As they enter the profession, they wonder how to shape the future of English teaching so that their students are supported and motivated by meaningful and relevant activities. In order to address this issue, five final-year teaching students at the Universidad de Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile--co-authors of this article--undertook an action research project to implement a communicative activity for students. They targeted students at basic proficiency levels and carried out their research in their individual teaching practice contexts. During the project, these pre-service teachers pinpointed speaking skills as an area of communication that they wanted to improve for their students. In the course of the action research project, the pre-service teachers applied what they had learned in their degree program about successful communicative activities. As they researched interactive speaking activities that would work in the context of the public school system, they discovered a lesson plan that could be adapted to create a collaborative and highly communicative project that was ideal for their students. In this article the pre-service teachers: (1) describe their rationale for a Film Circle project adapted from Fink's (2011) Literature Circle lesson plan; (2) provide information about the development and administration of the project; (3) evaluate its effectiveness; and (4) offer suggestions for reproducing the project in other classrooms. ["Film Circles: Scaffolding Speaking for EFL Students" was written with Rocio Ascencio, Ana Luisa Burgos, Tatiana Diaz, Jimena Montenegro, and Christian Valenzuela.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Chile