December 2008
Volume 12, Number 3

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Media Work: An Authentic Context for Developing Communication Skills in English

R. Amritavalli
The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India


Entrusting students with the responsibility of creating a programme brings into play various cognitive and linguistic abilities as well as organizational and team work skills, such as researching a topic, planning and visualizing the format and presentation, editing a collection of shots and clips into a coherent whole, interviewing people, narrating and sub-titling, as well as dealing with weather, noise, unexpected technical and human problems, and the varied personalities and abilities within a team. This article briefly discusses the kind of assignments that have been given to students of the Media and Communication programme of the EFL University (formerly CIEFL) over the years, and details some of the responses that have been generated.

Keywords: EFL, ESL, India, projects, media, technology

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