Language Learning through Film Education
McGivern, Alicia, Film Ireland
GIVEN THE DOMINANCE of English language mainstream film in cinemas, it is widely believed that English language speakers are reluctant to view films that are subtitled. However, the response to IFI Education screenings of German, French, Spanish and Italian films would seem to contradict this. In fact, such is the popularity of these events that many students choose to talk about a film they have seen in their Leaving Certificate oral examinations.
So how does film viewing complement more conventional language learning? Film is an element of the culture of a particular country. The films we screen at the IFI are always subtitled, the emphasis being that a lack of fluency does not …
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Publication information: Article title: Language Learning through Film Education. Contributors: McGivern, Alicia - Author. Magazine title: Film Ireland. Issue: 102 Publication date: January/February 2005. Page number: 48. © Filmbase Mar/Apr 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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