4 巻 (1998) p. 47-57
In this paper, I explain the educational value of movies as teaching material especially for writing activities done after viewing impressive movies which include social messages. Fluency of production skills in language learning are promoted as well as the motivation of the students. Furthermore, I propose that using this method works well in the areas of developing fluency, self-esteem, cooperation and interaction oriented courses. Using this supposition, I gave an intensive course for two weeks. I took up four movies entitled "Ghost", "Stella", "Sarafina" and "Dead Man Walking". After each movie the students had discussions, first in English, then in Japanese in different groups according to my questions about the message the movie had. After that, each student wrote their own opinions in English. Before this two week course, each student had written an essay. I compared that with the end composition and examined how the last one had improved. According to my analysis, the compositions were much improved in many aspects. The writing improved in the aspect of the number of words and vocabulary used, as well as in the aspect of the complexity of the sentence structures.