Using feature films in language classes

Seferoğlu, Gölge
This study aimed at finding students' perspectives on integrating feature films on digital versatile discs (DVDs) in oral communication classes of advanced English as foreign language (EFL) learners. A total of 29 students being trained as teachers of English participated in the study. Data were collected through a survey questionnaire. All participants unanimously agreed that through films they had the opportunity to learn about how people initiate and sustain a conversational exchange, and how they negotiate meaning; types of exclamation and filling expressions; colloquial English in real-life contexts, and non-verbal communication. Participants also acknowledged that viewing feature films exposed them not only to a wide range of native speakers, each with their own slang, accents and dialects, but also to a wealth of contextualised vocabulary expressions and authentic cross-cultural information. The study suggests that it is possible to exploit feature films in foreign language classes with a wide array of pedagogical options.


University preparatory school students' and teachers' perceptions of computer-assisted language learning environment
Küçük, Tuğba; Engin Demir, Cennet; Department of Educational Sciences (2009)
This study aimed at investigating university preparatory school students’ and teachers’ perceptions of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) environment. The sample consisted of 308 students and 50 teachers from Zonguldak Karaelmas University Preparatory School. Data was gathered from the participants via two Effective CALL Questionnaires (ECALLQ) developed by the researcher. Both inferential and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. Principal component analysis was used to find the dim...
Preparing Pre-service English Language Teachers for Classroom Realities: Strengthening Their Competence in Instructional Materials
Tekir, Serpil; Akar, Hanife (Ani Publishing and Consulting Company, 2020-01-01)
Purpose: English as Foreign Language (EFL) teachers tend to demonstrate low literacy levels in instructional materials and feel unprepared to use materials effectively. To better prepare pre-service EFL teachers for real classrooms that they will teach Upon graduation, current K-12 teachers can provide significant insights into the needed competences of prospective teachers. With this purpose, the study aimed to investigate the competences in utilizing instructional materials needed by EFL teachers to becom...
Improving students' pronunciation through accent reduction software
Seferoğlu, Gölge (Wiley, 2005-03-01)
This study aimed to find out whether integrating accent reduction software in advanced English language classes at the university level would result in improvements in students' pronunciation at the segmental and sup-rasegmental levels. The study made use of a quasi-experimental research design. Two classes at the Department of Foreign Language Education at Middle East Technical University in Turkey participated in the study. Whilst one class (the control group) followed traditional instruction, the other c...
Learning style preferences of preparatory scgool students at Gazi University
Güneş, Cevriye; Ok, Ahmet; Department of Educational Sciences (2004)
The purpose of this study was to determine the learning styles of preparatory school students from Gazi University and examine the relationship between students̕ learning style preferences (LSP) and faculty students will study in, gender, proficiency level of English and achievement scores on listening, reading, grammar, and writing in the English Course. The instrument, Index of Learning Styles (ILS), was administered to 367 randomly selected students. As for the data analysis, descriptive statistics portr...
Project-based geometry learning: Knowledge and attitude of field-dependent/independent cognitive style students
Ubuz, Behiye (Informa UK Limited, 2019-01-01)
The authors in a convergent parallel mixed method design aimed to investigate whether and how the geometry knowledge and attitude toward geometry of students with field-dependent/independent cognitive style improve differentially within a project-based learning environment. Quantitative data were collected from 97 seventh-grade students before and after the treatment. Repeated measures multivariate analysis of covariance results, controlling for gender and prior mathematics achievement, revealed a statistic...
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G. Seferoğlu, “Using feature films in language classes,” EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, pp. 1–9, 2008, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: