Teaching English through Multimedia: ATEM Journal
Online ISSN : 2759-3339
Print ISSN : 2435-6611
Using Movies as an Aid to Facilitate Listening and Reading in Class and Enhance Students' Motivation
[in Japanese][in Japanese]
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2023 Volume 28 Pages 59-70


This paper aims to report the effects of related movie scenes on students' motivation for listening to and reading the simplified narrative of a story, when the corresponding scenes from the movie adaptation of the story are played prior to the listening and reading activities. When using a story as teaching material, it is often difficult for teachers to keep their students motivated and have them continue listening to or reading the entire story with complete awareness of the plot. This is especially true when teaching students who are not English majors. During lessons, the corresponding scenes from the movie were used as an aid to facilitate listening and reading activities, but not as course material per se. We hoped that the cinematic depiction of the corresponding scenes would provide the students with an idea of the narrative and background information such as the characters' appearances, facial expressions, and tones of voice, as well as the lifestyle of the period. In the feedback from the students, the use of movie segments was evaluated highly. They reported that the information from the movie animated the scene while they were listening to and reading the text and helped them work actively on the exercises, resulting in a better understanding of the story. While there are various ways of utilizing movies when teaching English, it may be argued that using them as an aid to facilitate listening or reading in a class would be one of the more effective methods.

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