Teaching Italian with the Virtual Reality of Video

Watson, Etain Caitlin (2013) Teaching Italian with the Virtual Reality of Video. AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 5 (2). ISSN 2009-3160


Today’s technology allows the teacher to create a more realistic learning environment with the classroom using film. In this paper the theoretical basis and the methodology for application is presented for teaching Italian, or any other foreign language, using feature films, both classic and modern, and special interest documentary type videos, such as Jamie Oliver’s Great Italian Escape. Using the film is perceived as entertainment by the students, and as reality by the brain, making these both fun and more useful than books. Organization and flexibility are emphasized as it is better to involve students in creating their own learning environment whenever possible. The students enjoy and take ownership of the learning, thus increasing efficacy. It is more work than using a book, but the benefits are many. Students carry the learning into their daily lives and integrate it with their other activities and they learn faster when they are deeply engaged.

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