IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(2): 73-78 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.2.70

Using Films for Writing Reaction-Response Essay: A Class-Room Action Research on Turkish ESP Learners

Begümşen Ergenekon
Abstract—The purpose of this study is to show how media films can function as authentic sources in teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) to first year students to write reaction-response essays. The constructivist approach used in Modern Languages Department allows students to build new knowledge upon the foundation of the previous one. It assures them first to write for an authentic purpose, second for meaning and third to achieve goal oriented writing unconsciously. So this class-room action study consisted of pre-, while- and post-writing stages. The sample consisted of 19 students with upper-intermediate-advanced English, studying at Middle East Technical University (METU). Results showed that watching acts coupled with listening are an effective, truly learner centered and meaningful way of gathering, using and transferring knowledge in “writing reaction and response essays”. Watching Night Crawler definitely engaged students intellectually and emotionally who wrote eagerly and creatively. And they also transferred this skill successfully in answering the reaction-response question in the final exam. So the author will demonstrate through a workshop how this task can be carried out in the ESP classroom to teach English as a second language.

Index Terms—Feature films, react ion-response essay, ESP workshop, teaching technology.

Begumsen Ergenekon is with the Middle East Technical University, Turkey (e-mail: berge@metu.edu.tr).

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Cite:Begümşen Ergenekon, "Using Films for Writing Reaction-Response Essay: A Class-Room Action Research on Turkish ESP Learners," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 73-78, 2016.

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