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To DVD or not to DVD - Is that the Question?
by Deniz Dündar & Adam Simpson
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1. The Past
1.1 'Made for Teaching' Videos
1.2 What was the student response?
1.3 Alternatives 5

2. Pedagogical Relevance
2.1 What skills can be learned?
2.2 Insights into Culture and Appropriacy
2.3 Authenticity - How can we assess a film's relevance?

3. The Benefits of Modern Formats
3.1 DVD and DivX
3.2 The Internet

4. What can we Do?
· Pre-viewing activities
· While-viewing
· Post-viewing

5. The Curriculum - To DVD or not to DVD?


Some Useful Resources for Teaching with Movies


For many years visual aids such as videos, films and specially produced language learning programs have been part of the language learning landscape. More recently, formats such as DVD and DivX have greatly enhanced the value of movies as a language learning tool. However, when movies are used in teaching, do we know what we are doing? Do entertainment movies have a place in the curriculum, or should they merely be viewed as an optional extra?

This article will look at the contemporary movie formats, what pedagogical relevance they have in language learning and suggest ways of assessing their usefulness. Additionally, it will discuss the ways in which entertainment movies are currently used in an English preparatory program. Specific examples will be discussed with regard to the use of subtitles, pre-viewing, while-viewing and post-viewing tasks.

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