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Film as a Tool in English Teaching: A Literature Review on the use of Film to develop Students’ linguistic Skills and critical Thinking in Upper Secondary EFL Classrooms
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Due to the fact that adolescents are familiar with so many different media and technology resources today, learning in a conventional way is no longer effective. The aim for this literature review was to analyse what research shows about the use of film as a teaching tool in English to develop students’ linguistic and critical thinking skills in upper secondary EFL classrooms. The results disclosed that film can improve students’ linguistic skills and critical thinking. One reason for this is that film is already such a large part of students’ lives and provides a meaningful and familiar context for them and that film offers visual support. Studentsʼ felt motivated to see and experience “real-life” situations as opposed to reading the conventional textbook. Interaction between the students also proved to be vital in developing their language skills. Results also showed that it is imperative that teachers present film not only as a tool of entertainment, but one for teaching as well. This can be done by creating contextualized assignments related to the film. The literature review concluded that there are gaps in knowledge of this subject and that further research is desirable.

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Film, Second Language (L2), Second Language acquisition (SLA) English as a Foreign Language (EFL), communication skills, critical thinking skills, constructivism, input hypothesis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-30811OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-30811DiVA, id: diva2:1355280
Available from: 2019-09-27 Created: 2019-09-27

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