Teaching English through Multimedia: ATEM Journal
Online ISSN : 2759-3339
Print ISSN : 2435-6611
English Learning and Cross-Cultural Understanding Using the Movie "Once": Production of Elementary-Level Learning Materials
[in Japanese]
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2023 Volume 28 Pages 45-58


This paper is a practical report for a college class using original educational materials based on Irish movie "Once". The length of the film, 86 minutes, makes it possible to watch in a 90-minute class. This movie merges love story and original works of music. The characters speak Irish English, and most expressions are generally in common with British English. "Once" is an austere love story and truly impressive in combination with visual scenes of Dublin and dramatic songs sung by the main characters. We illustrate seven questions which can be used as educational materials for elementary English learners in order to think about issues of semantic polysemy, English usages leading to some pragmatic difference, diversity of World Englishes and cross-cultural understanding. Understanding the artistic evaluation of "Once," we will also discuss how to utilize one film from multiple perspectives, leveraging a related video clip from an Academy Awards show.

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