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Many teachers hesitate to integrate film into English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classrooms because of the uncertainty of the educational efficacy of viewing an entire film in class and the motivational value of the repeated use of short film clips. However, both short film clips and longer films can be used in class to motivate ESL students and enhance their listening and speaking skills. This paper explains why the combined use of abridged feature films and short film clips is more motivational and effective for second language learners and equally attractive to management-minded teachers. It notes that the use of a combination of feature length films and film clips in class is beneficial for several reasons, such as the large amount of exposure to language that students receive via feature films, students' ability to participate in other in-class exercises when using short film clips, and the use of films in emergency situations when the teacher is out. This paper presents various film activities and provides practical guidelines for editing film materials, looking at the technology available for creating film-based teaching materials. (SM)

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Films, Higher Education, Learning Motivation, Listening Skills, Second Language Instruction, Speech Skills, Teaching Methods, Videotape Recordings

Author: Lin, Li-Yun


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