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Using Films in Foreign Language Teaching: Cognitive Arguments
Vorontsova Marina

PhD in Philology

associate professor of the Department of Western European Languages at Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University

125009, Russia, Moscow, str. Mokhovaya, 11, bld.1

Zhuravleva Anastasia

External doctoral student, the Center of World Cultures, Diplomatic Academy under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Senior Educator, the department of Western European Languages, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

125009, Russia, g. Moscow, ul. Mokhovaya, 11, s. 1

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The article focuses on the theoretical bases of using films in foreign language teaching. The authors describe an experience of testing a dynamic usage-based approach of teaching foreign languages, based on usage-based theory of language acquisition, the emergentism theory of language development and the dynamic approach to second language acquisition. In this teaching approach the students are shown a film in fragments, each fragment is shown several times and is accompanied by a specific assignment. The lesson structure is given in the article. The present approach was used in a general course of English at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, a faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. After the course the students completed a questionnaire. The research showed that students react positively to the approach; as a result of it, they are more interested in learning, motivated, their vocabulary develops. The theoretical background has shown that the approach could also be viewed through the prism of psychological studies on attention and memory. The authors conclude that the approach is worthy of attention and further empirical studies should be conducted.

Keywords: attention, psychology of attention, film, foreign languages, foreign language teaching, teaching methodology, memory, usage-based approach, emergentism, dynamic approach



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