Closed-captioning and the learning of grammatical structures for EFL learners

 

Closed-captioning and the learning of grammatical structures for EFL learners

Reem Alsadoon
Department of Languages and Translation
Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic University
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Received :23/12/2020               Accepted :27/6/2021

Abstract:

The study examines whether closed captioned movies can lead to the learning of subject-verb agreement structures in terms of indefinite determiners. To achieve this goal, Thirty EFL students at Alfaisal Academy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia enrolled in the study. The participants were divided into experimental and control group based on the condition of the stimuli: captioned movie or non-captioned movie. Two sessions were conducted with four tests: two pre-tests and two post-tests. The data from both pre-tests and post-tests were analyzed statistically for obtaining significant evidence of incidental learning of the indefinite agreement structures. The results of the study came to be contributive to the field by uncovering new findings in this area as the results show significant evidence of incidental learning of indefinite agreement structure from the experimental group as compared to the control group.

Keywords: closed-captioning, movies, EFL, subject-verb agreement structure, and learning of grammar.

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