Watching Films and Learning English: A Qualitative Approach using the Technology Acceptance Model
Abstract: The use of films to enhance language learning is not new. Anchoring on the multimedia learning theory and cognitive theory of learning, the combination of visual and auditory information presented within a storyline has always been noted as a popular way to enhance learning. In Taiwan, the recent curriculum revisions have highlighted the importance of social participation. With these having said, the current study shall present the findings of an experimental high school class in Taiwan. A total of 36 students participated in an advanced English course held every Wednesday afternoon for an entire semester. Course lessons include watching films, documentaries, and movies about famous leaders with the use of digital devices such as tablets and laptops. Interview questions asked follow the framework of the Technology Acceptance Model. Findings show that by watching films, students are able to better understand exemplars of good leaders. Further pedagogical implications are also provided.
Presider: Yi-Ching Lu, Fu Jen Catholic University