TEACHING IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS THROUGH THE FILM ‘THE HOLIDAY’
Salahaddin University-Hawler (IRAQ)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:Informal features or non-standard language is what is used in everyday English language, especially slang and idioms. These are adopted in United States, United Kingdom, and other English speaking countries. The informal aspect of the English language is not known among most of the English language learners. That is why it is essential for the English language users to be exposed to this aspect of the language. This can be done by watching films which contain the informal features of English language. To achieve this goal, teachers can use films in conversation and communication classes for the purpose of learning.
Formal English language is achieved in schools and conducted under the teacher’s guidance. Alternatively, students can improve their English by means of self-study at home and other possible channels. Examples include listening to English songs and watching English films besides reading English books. It is useful to watch films to obtain the informal English which enables the learners in supporting them to practice the language in listening and speaking skills. The presented study is an attempt to analyze the informal English usage of idioms in the romantic comedy ‘The Holiday’. The data analysis of the study is the analysis of the idioms used in the film.
Keywords: Idiomatic Expressions, Teaching, Technology.