Language Acquisitions Using Movie

Posted: Januari 13, 2011 in Research Papers

Feature films are an easily available and contextually rich source of authentic material which can be exploited in the language classroom. This study provides some listening activities given during watching the film and a questionnaire given after watching the film to reflect students’ opinions about these activities. Several listening activities about the film ‘Bee Movie’ is conducted by The students of Anadolu University School Of Foreign Languages. After then the effectiveness of these activities were tested by a questionnaire. At the end of this study it is understood that studying feature films to improve students’ listening skills helps students in several ways. These results will be explained in the study.
Learning a foreign language by watching movies can be a great way to get ahead in a second language and in some cases can be better than “traditional” language learning methods like classes and grammar books! Let’s go over why…
Watching foreign movies immerses you in real, fluid language. This exposes you to the way that the language is really spoken. It’s not slowed down for learners and it’s not made clearer for foreigners. For this reason, you can begin to adjust right away to the actual language as it is spoken today. This is an important skill since you will be using the language at a fast rate as the movie exposes to you, not the slowed down rate that teachers and audio programs use.
Probably most important about watching foreign movies is the fact that it is an enjoyable activity. For this reason, you are not as likely to tire of it as you are to tire of doing grammar exercises or reading dry language textbooks. With movies, you can keep watching and therefore spend more time in the foreign language than you would have if you had just been reading grammar books. More time in the language means more exposure and more learning.
With movies, you also get the added benefit of a visual reference. The visual images will help you understand what is being said so that you can understand better. Additionally, watching a story unfold will also help you begin to understand various vocabularies. Words are often likely to be repeated throughout the movie allowing you to pick them up.
For these reasons, watching movies can be a great way to increase your language knowledge and get more exposure in. If nothing else, you should watch a movie or two just for fun because it’s a fun thing to do. You should never force yourself to do only boring things in the foreign language you are trying to learn. With movies, you get to do something fun and learn at the same time which is the best combination for language learning. In this way, you will find that you pick up new words, sentence structure and more through you’re watching.
I should also note that to help your learning along, you should have some way of keeping track of the words you come across. This way, you can review them later and not forget them. There are various methods for speedy vocabulary learning but they are out of the scope of this article. If you are interested in fast language learning, I would suggest taking a look at my book which covers that topic in depth.
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