Films for Language Learning and Global Issues

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Tom Fast, Okayama University; Naoko Harada, JALT Global Issues SIG Officer


In this paper we demonstrate how films can be used to provide students with vital knowledge of global issues in addition to vocabulary and language practice. We explain why and how film-based lessons are conducted in EFL classes by describing two cases in which a 3-stage viewing process was adopted to use films that covered peace, international understanding, and environmental conservation. In addition, how students perceive viewing films in classes is explored, showing results from end-of-the-year surveys. Finally, the importance of fostering attitudes towards language learning while raising awareness of global issues is discussed.