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The Role of Audiovisual Mass Media News in Language Learning

Author(s): Taher CaoBahrani | Tam Shu Sim

Journal: English Language Teaching
ISSN 1916-4742

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2011;
Original page

The present paper focuses on the role of audio/visual mass media news in language learning. In this regard, the two important issues regarding the selection and preparation of TV news for language learning are the content of the news and the linguistic difficulty. Content is described as whether the news is specialized or universal. Universal contexts are likely to be more comprehensible than specialized contexts. As for the linguistic difficulty, it consists of acoustic, lexical/syntactic and text-type difficulties. Accordingly, audiovisual texts with greater iconic combinations are likely to be more comprehensible for language learning. Moreover, the present paper provides empirical evidence of the role of exposure to news from mass media on speaking fluency.