Learning through watching: Online streaming video in L2 English

  • Michelangelo Magasic Curtin University
Keywords: streaming video, ELF, ESL, CALL,


This paper highlights the practicality of online streaming video for use in L2 English teaching. It begins by summarising extant literature on the use of video within language learning, asserting that the benefits of audio-visual material for students lie within four main areas: authentic text, paralinguistic features, verbal features, and motivation. After supplying critiques of film use, the paper provides a brief chronology of the use of video technologies in the classroom before enumerating the specific benefits and problems of online streaming video. Finally, the Movieclips website will be introduced as well as strategies for how to effectively implement streaming video in the classroom.

Author Biography

Michelangelo Magasic, Curtin University

Michelangelo Magasic is a PhD candidate at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. As an external (online) student he is able to complete his studies while living and teaching in Kochi, Japan. His research investigates the interrelations between social media and social life, place, storytelling and culture.



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