An Investigation on the Effectiveness of Using Movie Clips in Teaching English Language Idioms
Enjoy Teaching Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4; December 2014, pp. 26- 35
10 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2014 Last revised: 6 Feb 2015
Date Written: December 20, 2014
Because idioms are ubiquitous in the authentic language to which learners are exposed, learners of a second or foreign language need to possess a good command of idioms and proficiency in idiom use to be able to comprehend and produce language effectively. A considerable body of research has sought ways to optimize learning and teaching of idioms. The present study aimed at investigating the effect of using movie clips containing idioms, as one method of teaching, on the quality of 60 intermediate EFL pupils’ idiom learning. Oxford Placement Test (OPT) was implemented to ensure homogeneity of learners in proficiency. All the groups were given two standard idiom multiple-choice tests, one as the pre-test and the other one as the post-test. In the experimental group, idioms were taught by displaying movie clips containing the idioms, while the control group followed the traditional class activities using synonyms and antonyms. The results of both Scheffe Dependent variable Post-test and paired sample t-test revealed that the participants in the movie clips group had better performance in post-test than in pre-test. This study has theoretical as well as pedagogical implications in the fields of second/ foreign language teaching and learning which are discussed.
Keywords: Teaching English Idioms, Multimedia Learning, Technology and Language Learning
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