Speaking about film and learning about speaking: teaching speaking through film study

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Andrew, Martin (2006) Speaking about film and learning about speaking: teaching speaking through film study. TESOLANZ Journal, 14. pp. 16-31. ISSN 1172-9694


Apart from Aken (2003), research into using film in language teaching has overlooked the potential of film, streaming video or DVD to encourage sociocultural and ethnolinguistic learning about speaking, particularly among advanced learners. Flanked by a study of literature on film’s pedagogic applications, this paper examines the sociocultural learning about speaking that can develop from applied study of filmic speech in an advanced English as an Additional Language (EAL) course in and about speaking. In particular, this paper describes a form of pedagogy using film studies presentations as tools for rehearsing, presenting and assessing students’ speaking. The research uses a grounded methodology to locate emergent understandings in the transcripts of videotaped presentations and oral reflective logs of 13 second-year students. These understandings articulate aspects of sociocultural learning about speaking which most impact on learners. The data also leads to a consideration of what insights learners can glean about their own voices and identities as speakers of EAL. These understandings and insights corroborate my pedagogy of using films to heighten learners’ awareness of sociocultural aspects of speaking–and our spoken selves.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/10330
Official URL http://www.tesolanz.org.nz/includes/download.aspx?...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
Historical > FOR Classification > 2003 Language Studies
Keywords ResPubID24811, sociocultural learning, ethnolinguistic learning, identity construction, film cultures, speaking identities, sociocultural insights, linguistic repertoire, self-portrayal, pronunciation
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