The failure to understand the essential difference between language and other content areas results in an inappropriate scientific and analytical approach to both the study and teaching of a second or foreign language. Tomlinson's review of globally available language learning materials has generalized their problems. The dynamic factors involved in meaning formation and utterance production are illustrated in a diagram to form the theoretical basis for using film as a vehicle for integrated and meaningful language learning. It is argued that the major and minor events in the storyline of a film create the macro and micro contexts for discourses to occur. These discourses are meaningful units for language learning in terms of both meaning realization and language awareness. A concordance and video-retrieval system is also introduced to show how a film corpus can be used for expanded learning beyond a film vehicle
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