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Volume 11 : 4 April 2011
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
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         L. Ramamoorthy, Ph.D.



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Integrating Video in English Language Teaching

Avis Joseph, M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed. and G. Baskaran, Ph.D.

The Purpose of This Article

The famous saying one picture is worth one thousand words highlights the importance of audio video materials. Particularly, the use of video as an audio-visual material in foreign language classroom enables the teachers to effectively supplement what their textbooks and their teaching practices offer to their students. At the same time, students are also exposed to modern technology and thus are greatly motivated in learning the language. While traditional classroom setting will continue, audio and video materials change the dynamics of teaching and learning. It is obvious that the introduction of video classes would be a great help for foreign language learners to stimulate their communicative talents.

Importance of Videos

Video has been proved an effective tool in language learning in recent years for both young and adult learners. Video-audio materials may include documented films, T.V programs, movies, series of episodes and other materials that combine motion picture with sounds. Nowadays videos, films and TV are not only part of our daily activities, but they also have become an integral part in our education both inside and outside the classroom. Educators and teachers of ELT also recognize the value of using TV and videos in ELT classes.

Visual media effectively motivate language learners in the language learning process to practice listening. The media also stimulate speaking and writing, when properly designed and presented.

Videos can be used in a variety of instructional settings in classrooms. DVDs play selected and directly relevant discs in the classroom. There are also telecast lessons and online studies through websites, where information is telecast from a central point to learners in the classroom. These telecasts are also receivable from home as well. Students can interact with the facilitator via computer. These varieties of instructional settings help the teachers in their professional development even as these help improve teaching and learning situations and achievements.

In this article, we attempt to discuss the utilitarian and worthwhile practices of integrating video- audio materials in teaching and learning English.

The primary advantage in the use of video is described in this manner by Bedjou 28: "In EFL setting, where authentic materials are scarce and students are rarely exposed to the natural pace of native speakers of the target language, the video can be valuable source of input and highly relevant to language acquisition."

This is only the beginning part of the article. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE IN PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION.

Avis Joseph, M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.
Lecturer in English
English Language Centre
Ibra College of Technology
P.B. 70, Ibra 400
Sultanate of Oman

G. Baskaran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in English
VHN Senthikumara Nadar College
Virudhunagar 626 001
Tamilnadu, India

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