Teaching English through movies : ATEM journal
Online ISSN : 2433-1929
Print ISSN : 1342-9914
The Effects of Film Subtitles on Students' Language Awareness
Do Hyung RYU
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2011 Volume 16 Pages 17-31


Movies are believed to contain almost everything that English learners need in order to learn communication in English. Most of all, authentic expressions in movies are a very useful source of real conversation. In using movies for teaching English expressions, it is important for teachers to focus on the students themselves. Awareness could be the key element of doing this. Awareness can make students take what they have been taught, that is, the language input, completely understand the input, process it as intake and acquire it. Awareness can connect students with expressions from movies, and thereby connect students with language knowledge. The subtitles could get students' awareness to connect to the expressions from movies. The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in individual learners, based on their awareness of linguistic and affective characteristics of expressions in movies. The study also investigated how to promote and encourage these differences in order to reinforce student awareness. The procedure was to examine how the participants respond to the activities using film subtitles and with what types of subtitles can the participants get their language awareness.

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