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Title: Acquisition of Thai as a foreign language through watching subtitled drama series
Authors: Hing, Ting Fang
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::Language
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: Learning through an interactive classroom context has always been the norm for language learners that has no prior knowledge of a foreign language. Even though, the use of multimedia materials is increasing, it often serves as an enhancement for language learning within classroom contexts (Chan & Wong, 2017; Wang 2012). Thus, this paper discusses the effectiveness of using subtitled drama series as the main teaching method to acquire Thai as a foreign language (TFL) and the register that would be picked up by language learners through this teaching method. Six English-Chinese bilingual university students aged 21-25 with no prior knowledge of Thai language were recruited and assigned into Group 1 and Group 2. Participants in Group 1 were required to attend interactive Thai lessons in Nanyang Technological University while participants in Group 2 were assigned to watch three provided Thai drama series with English subtitles. A multiple-choice questions receptive vocabulary quiz was administered after two months to analyse the effectiveness of using subtitled drama series as the main teaching method. Results indicated that participants in Group 2 could effectively acquire vocabulary but did not perform as well as the participants in Group 1. Furthermore, the notes taken down by participants in Group 2 also shows that using subtitled drama series as the main teaching method would result in learners picking up an informal register of Thai.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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