Film Communication Theory and Practice in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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This study traces the development of film as a vehicle of communication and the factors that make combining video's control with movies so attractive and effective for the millions of non-native English speakers interested in acquiring communicative skills. A detailed rationale is followed by a consideration of film's curricular status, and an overview of typical approaches and support materials so far adopted for use with video. The second half of the book is devoted to the actual use of video movies in the foreign language classroom context, beginning with a typography of relevant teaching techniques for individual scenes. A concluding chapter presents three detailed case studies of how to teach movies in their entirety, based on titles that are both popular with teachers and students and worthwhile enough in themselves to warrant sustained study.

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