Video assignments to improve acquisitionNatalia López ZamarvideIES Leonardo de Chabacier, Calatayud (Zaragoza)Most teacher...
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  1. 1. Video assignments to improve acquisitionNatalia López ZamarvideIES Leonardo de Chabacier, Calatayud (Zaragoza)Most teachers of English in Spain are in awe of the way in which many studentsof English in European countries, such as Norway, Sweden, or the Netherlands,to mention but a few, can communicate. There seems to be general consensusthat one of the main reasons why this is so is because in those countries films andTV series are not dubbed: they are watched in the original language, withsubtitles in their respective national languages. As we very well know, this is notthe case in Spain, where dubbing has a long-standing tradition, and whoseindustry nowadays refuses to let go. The aim of this paper is to illustrate an experience carried out at IESLeonardo de Chabacier, Calatayud, which tries to counter this difference with ourEuropean counterparts, in an attempt to take English out of the classroom andbring it closer to our students’ everyday lives. For some time now, one of ourmain concerns has been to have students watch a variety of authentic audiovisualmaterials and then carry out some tasks related to them on a weekly basis. Thesematerials may include, for instance, film trailers, TV ads, clips from sitcoms orfilms, and comedy sketches, among others. The use of realia has been promotedfor several reasons: firstly, because they help to make the tasks more attractive tostudents; secondly, they provide invaluable listening practice, as well as real-lifeinput, as opposed to traditional ready-made, graded materials. Last but not least,as pictures speak louder than words, the selected materials prove to give greaterinformation about the cultural context of the English-speaking countries than anyexplanation the teacher may give. During the presentation, information will be given as to the criteria toselect videos and how to grade them according to the students’ level ofproficiency in English; the technical process of obtaining videos, adding subtitlesin English if needed, and getting everything ready to work in the classroom or athome; or how to create different types of tasks related to the audiovisual texts,while trying to integrate different skills through them.*For further information, please visit:http://englishatchabacier.wordpress.com/

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