Title: Online role-play in feature film clips: a personalised experiential foreign language learning tool

Authors: Catherine Kanellopoulou; Andreas Giannakoulopoulos

Addresses: Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece ' Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece

Abstract: This paper presents the results of an experiment involving 101 teenage students of English, all Greek native speakers. It briefly discusses the study's theoretical background, focusing on role-play and film dubbing as a personalised experiential activity and presents the findings regarding foreign language vocabulary acquisition with the use of a novel dubbing application. This application made use of a feature film clip, which was incorporated into an online multimedia platform. The experimental group participants dubbed the central character of the film clip in English (L2) and took a delayed post-test on specific lexical items from the film script. The results are quite promising regarding long-term vocabulary recall, as well as its use in new contexts. The experimental group outperformed the control group with statistically significant results in most cases, which indicates that this novel activity is worth investigating further so that its potential can be fully exploited.

Keywords: role-play; foreign language vocabulary acquisition; long-term vocabulary retention; experiential learning; film dubbing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2022.123653

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2022 Vol.14 No.3, pp.307 - 327

Received: 21 Apr 2021
Accepted: 27 Apr 2021

Published online: 30 Jun 2022 *

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