Teaching English through movies : ATEM journal
Online ISSN : 2433-1929
Print ISSN : 1342-9914
Tutoring Modern Family through KakaoTalk : On the Basis of the Characteristics of University Students Learning English
Mijin Im
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2014 Volume 19 Pages 105-119


The purpose of this study is to investigate university students' attitudes toward their English learning, and to suggest a learning method suitable for university students. Brown (2007) states that knowing the characteristics of learners is the first step for language teaching, but there are few studies of university students' characteristics. In this study, five university students were selected randomly to participate in a two month examination of their learning styles. The results were as follows: university students wanted a teacher's supervision, attention, coercion and compulsion. They are also highly dependent on their teacher and are influenced by their peers. Finally it was considered that instruction was needed. For this, KakaoTalk was exploited with a TV sitcom, Modern Family (Spiller, 2011). It is considered that using movies or TV sitcoms as materials is effective in improving university students' communicative competence and that memorizing expressions from movies is the best way to use them. This study suggests the following: 1) translate Modern Family into Korean off line. 2) read the script aloud for 30 minutes and then record student voices. 3) select the expressions which they liked in the reading. 4) write a scenario using those expressions. 5) evaluate each other's' scenarios using KakaoTalk to talk about whether the selected sentences are appropriately used and then give some feedback.

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