Черкаський медичний коледж
Using Electronic Media (Movies, Video) in the Foreign Language Classroom.
The relevance of the chosen topic is due to the rapid development of new technologies ease of use of on line resources in teaching and very popular among the youth of this type of communication, as communication on line.
It seems inevitable that classrooms will become more and more electronic-based, but we as teachers must be careful that the magic of the technology does not blind us to what is actually happening to the students. Before we decide that we’ve found via the internet or television is really worth using, let’s take a moment and decide what the goal of the lesson is. Are we introducing new vocabulary? New grammar structures? Are we providing a review lesson? Do we want to leave things open-ended and see what the students come up with? All of these approaches are possible with electronic media, which we will define here as radio ,television,movies and, of course, the internet.
Let’s take movie and video individually:
MOVIES. When it comes to ,movies you should always have come some preparation (worksheet, discussion) and to show no more ten to fifteen minutes, do not use the movie for the entire class time. Don’t use subtitles in the student’s native language. The preparation can include introducing new vocabulary or new structures; an explanation of a phenomenon from the movie; a retelling( by the students) of the plot up to the point they are going to see and posing some global questions they should try to answer after viewing the scene. Follow up assignment could be a retelling in writing of the plot up to the latest scene; a work sheet for self- generated sentences with new vocabulary or structures; a shot reaction statement ( e.g. What do you think will happen next?)
VIDIO FROM YOU TUBE. These days video from the webs are so numerous that you may have to plan some extra time just to look through everything that’s available. The advantage of these vidios in that they are much shorter than a movie and they are nearly always about one subject. Once you have found a piece you want to use, you can follow the same plan as mentioned above for movies: pre-viewing work (new vocabulary and grammar structures) global questions,directed discussion afterwords: a short-writing piece as home-work.
Visual electronic media need more preparations than print media: vocabulary printed to the action ,grammar structures and collocations can all be presented and worked on a bit beforehand. If you are more daring and have the time it’s valuable experience to show the video or film ‘cold’ and then help the students process it. Visual media should be used in short segments ten-fifteen minutes at a time.
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