Raising EFL Students’ Intercultural Awareness through Movies in English Language at MMUTO
Université Mouloud Mammeri
The present work aims at investigating the role of movies in raising EFL students’ intercultural awareness in the Department of English at MMUTO. The study has set three main objectives. The first objective is to explore whether watching movies aids EFL students to move from the first level to the last level of Baker’s theory of ICA. The second objective is to investigate whether EFL students misunderstand or understand a cultural aspect while watching movies in English language. The third objective is to discover the attitudes of EFL students towards watching movies in English language and the efficiency of the last mentioned in improving Master I students’ intercultural awareness. In order to meet the objectives of the study, Baker’s framework of Intercultural Awareness in his Article entitled Intercultural Awareness: Modeling and understanding of Cultures in Intercultural Communication through English as a Lingua Franca (2011) is adopted. We gathered our data from movies given to students to watch and from a questionnaire distributed to them as a research technique in order to get reliable data. As far as the analyses data is concerned, the mixed method research combining both qualitative and quantitative methods are adopted. The qualitative data are analyzed using Qualitative Content Analysis (QCA) while the SPSS is used to analyze the quantitative ones. The majority of students declared that movies are motivating. Foremost those movies help students to promote their language skills, they serve as a medium of entertainment and of imparting cultural knowledge, learning and understanding cultures as well as raising their ICA. As final findings, the results indicate that students have positive attitudes towards watching movies, and those movies proved their efficiency in raising their ICA.
81 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. (+CD-Rom)
Culture, Language and Culture, Types of Culture, Movies, Interculturality, Intercultural Awareness, EFL Students’ Attitudes, Intercultural Competence, Intercultural Communicative Competence
Language and Communication