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