Massive Input Through Eiga Shosetsu: A Pilot Study with Japanese Learners

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Michael "Rube" Redfield, Osaka University of Economics

This paper introduces a new yet natural way of providing massive amounts of
comprehensible input to learners of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Learners
watch popular contemporary movies in order to internalize the meanings
presented in sounds and images. Then they read the accompanying eiga shoshetsu
(movie tie-in novels) in order to convert meaning into the target language. In
the pilot program using eiga shoshetsu described here, college learners made
significant gains in listening, reading and vocabulary measures through reading
the novels and seeing the movies.