Designing a Syllabus for an EFL Documentary Production Course (75301)

Session Information: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)
Session Chair: Anne Ihata

Thursday, 23 November 2023 16:15
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This paper describes a project-based learning (PBL) syllabus for an English course where students are asked to produce documentaries based on interviews with people working in Japan. The course runs for one university quarter. Over a period of eight weeks, students analyse professional documentaries and then use the skills that they learn to interview their subjects and produce their own videos. In contrast to the usual English as a Foreign Language (EFL) video production courses, this one does not mandate wholly English content because authenticity is preferred over scripted replies in English. Most students opt for interviews in Japanese; this entails subtitling the responses to make them comprehensible to an English-speaking audience. The students’ productive skills are thus developed through this subtitling task as well as a compulsory narration element. The present form of the syllabus is the fourth cycle of an action research project conducted over the past three years. While previous iterations of the syllabus used a rubric that only assessed the content and technical aspects in general, its simplicity made it difficult for students to determine exactly what the assignment wanted. Therefore, this latest version uses a detailed rubric to guide them. The structured marking criteria result in much more satisfactory, tightly-edited documentaries that fulfil the teacher’s expectations. In future, the syllabus will include a subtitling component in addition to content and cinematography tips.

Khadijah Omar, Kyushu University, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Khadijah Omar is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Kyushu University in Japan

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