Open Up the Classroom: The Use of Film Excerpts and Video Clips in Lower Levels Language Courses

Open Up the Classroom: The Use of Film Excerpts and Video Clips in Lower Levels Language Courses

Hélène M. Andrawiss-Dlamini (King's College London, UK) and Donata Puntil (King's College London, UK)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2724-4.ch002
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Abstract

Language instructors strive to provide students with a language learning environment that is authentic and contextualised. This chapter encourages teachers to step out of the textbook and integrate audio visual media in language courses. It highlights the pedagogical benefits of these resources and addresses the possible challenges language instructors may face. Bringing examples from two languages (French and Italian), the chapter aims at providing guidance to all language teachers in using film excerpts and video clips in their teaching. With a focus on lower levels (A.2 to B1), it showcases how these tools can be implemented, detailing the criteria to take into consideration in planning the lessons. Three detailed examples are provided with the objective of enabling effective learning. The last section of the chapter reflects on the use of audio visual media in language teaching and offers insights from the learners as well as the teachers' experiences.

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