Film and Novel: Different Media in Literature and Implications for Language Teaching

Caixia HU


Film and novel are two main dominant media in literature. They exhibit great differences in terms of image vs. word, sound vs. silence, point of view, and time, and so on. The differences between novel and film leave a great many implications for language teaching. Film and video can be used to aid students’ literacy. In view of the visual signs of the film, some opportunities can be created for students to pick up the non-verbal language. Students can also be encouraged to make video by themselves based on what they learn.


Film and novel; Implications; Language teaching

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