The constraints that influence the application of feature films in EFL classrooms in Algeria

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Many learners of English in Algeria struggle with the basics of the language: poor understanding, weak grammar, inadequate vocabulary, and a lack of the four language skills. One of the crucial challenges a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) may face in Algeria is that English is not used authentically in the settings in which learners live, and learners are not motivated to learn in a conventional way. One of the widespread multimedia technologies that has become gradually more common in the teaching of English as a foreign language is film application. The research literature highlights the advantages of using films in language classes and how they can improve students’ language skills. This study investigates the constraints that influence the use of feature films in Algeria based on the main findings of a research study that was carried out at one university in Algeria involving teachers of oral expression and first-year EFL students through the use of semi-structured interviews. The findings show that the use of films is, to a great extent, effective in EFL classes. However, a key issue is how teachers can avoid the potential challenges that may influence the whole process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-26
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Second Language Teaching and Research
Volume6
Issue numberSpecial Issue
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2018

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The constraints that influence the application of feature films in EFL classrooms in Algeria. / Bouzenoun, Abdeldjalil.

In: Journal of Second Language Teaching and Research, Vol. 6, No. Special Issue, 13.11.2018, p. 5-26.

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