Analyzing the Role of Film Viewing in Increasing Language Awareness and Enriching Vocabulary of ESL Learners

Luisito Nanquil


For many years, numerous teachers have been using films and film viewing in language teaching. They have personal and professional reasons why such strategy is being employed. However, when teachers use film viewing in the classroom, there should be valid and relevant reasons for their choice and action. This paper examined and described how and why language teachers use this strategy in their classes. The researcher with rich and vast experience in teaching, gathered his reflections, observations, and compared his literature in dealing with the main concerns of this study. The facts and insights coming from scholarly sources helped the researcher form timely and relevant conclusions to address the main concerns of his study. The focus of this study is supported by Perennialism, a philosophical thought which emphasizes knowledge that has been carried through the years. Perennial subjects cover classical literature, philosophy, science, history, and the fine arts. The goal of this philosophical perspective is to develop and challenge the mind and to prepare students for life by teaching them to analyze and reflect critically.

It was found out in this study that film viewing accompanied by effective instructional strategies can be used to increasing language awareness and enriching the vocabulary of ESL learners. Furthermore, language teachers need to be creative, reflective, and innovative in inserting film viewing in the language and literature lessons. Careful planning is a must for the success of any task in the language classroom.


Film Viewing, Instructional Strategy, Motivation, Vocabulary, Language Awareness

Full Text:



Freiberg, J.H. and Driscoll, A. (2000). Universal teaching strategies. (Third Edition). Needham Heights, MA: A Pearson Education Company, Allyn & Bacon.

Rock, H., & Cummings, A. (1994). Can videodiscs improve student outcomes? Educational leadership, 51(6), 46-50.

Robertson, S. (1999). Personal communication. Santa Barbara: CA.

Odell, L., Vacca, R., and Hobbs, R. (2001). Elements of language. (Sixth Course). Austin, Texas: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, A Harcourt Classroom Education Company. (It must be noted that in a qualitative method, even old sources are

TEFLN Training College. (2019). Travel and Teach cited on June 12, 2019 at

Henson, K. T. (2010). Curriculum planning: Integrating multiculturalism, constructivism, and education reform. (Fourth Edition). United States of America: Waveland Press, Inc.

Donaghy, K. (2014). How can film help you teach or learn English? Retrieved on august 22, 2019 at


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2019 Luisito Nanquil

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.