6 巻 (2001) p. 67-85
The concept of 'American dream' is so closely related to American history, environment, customs and manners that understanding its significance is very helpful to learn American culture. This study investigates how well Japanese students learn the concept of 'American dream' through film. Two groups of university students watched the film, Far and Away and were given either of two kinds of assignment; one requires to answer questions and then write an outline of the story, and the other to write only the outline. Out of each group, five students were chosen according to CELT score, and their answer was compared. The analysis showed that all of the ten students completely understood the story-line but they did not pay much attention to why or how events in the story happened. It also showed that their ability to understand the story and write its outline is not influenced by proficiency in English grammar. The results suggested that students can learn an idea unique to another culture through film, and helping them write its outline is useful for a teacher to examine their understanding.