ADAM BRAZENAS (BEIJING FOREIGN STUDIES UNIVERSITY)

MEDIA CIRCLES IN THE EFL CLASSROOM: A PARTICIPATORY INQUIRY : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

This six-week action research study explored the use of an adaptation of a popular student-centered, extensive reading and discussion activity. Students decided upon groups and assigned themselves specific roles before viewing episodes of a selected television series for homework. The prepared roles then served as the basis for a subsequent discussion the following week. Students were observed by their teacher and given self-evaluation surveys bi-weekly, and their notes in preparation for the class discussions were collected in the final week. Findings were largely positive, with students remarking upon improved learning autonomy, oral communication skills, and increased cultural awareness. Moreover, observations and class artifacts indicated high participation rates and engagement with the activity on the whole. These results point to several pedagogical implications that should be useful for ESL practitioners teaching oral English to students at secondary or post-secondary institutions.

Adam Brazenas is Lecturer in English in the School of English for Specific Purposes at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is interested in communicative and task-based approaches to ELT as well as participatory research and its transformative effects with regards to ELT practitioner development and educational leadership.