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Eye movements and language learning of foreign languages through video subtitles and captions

  • Roger Gilabert (University of Barcelona)
Thursday 15 February 2018
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
2311 BV Leiden

It is by now a well-known fact that watching series and movies in the original version with the aid of subtitles (in the first language of the viewer) or captions (in the second language of the learner) has the potential to contribute to second/foreign language learning. But what is it that we learn as we watch a subtitled or captioned video? If that is so, why? Is what we look at what actually learn? The talk will first include some facts about subtitling and captioning (which one works best? At what levels of proficiency?). The second part of the talk will look at some of the findings and ongoing research of our research group (GRAL) in relation to the learning of vocabulary and formulaic sequences (standardized multi-word units), learning under different genres (comedies, dramas, documentaries), and the role of input enhancement in captions. The third and final part of the talk will look at possible pedagogical designs to foster second/foreign language learning in the context of subtitled/captioned video.

This LLRC event will be followed by drinks in the common room of LUCL.

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