Research Article
The Effects of Explicit Film-based Instruction on EFL Teacher Trainees’ Interpretation of Implied Meanings

Ugur Recep Cetinavci

APA 6th edition
Cetinavci, U.R. (2019). The Effects of Explicit Film-based Instruction on EFL Teacher Trainees’ Interpretation of Implied Meanings. European Journal of Educational Research, 8(2), 581-605. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.8.2.581

Cetinavci U.R. 2019 'The Effects of Explicit Film-based Instruction on EFL Teacher Trainees’ Interpretation of Implied Meanings', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 581-605. Available from:

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Cetinavci, Ugur Recep . "The Effects of Explicit Film-based Instruction on EFL Teacher Trainees’ Interpretation of Implied Meanings". (2019)European Journal of Educational Research 8, no. 2(2019): 581-605. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.8.2.581


Pragmatic competence is an indispensable dimension of overall language ability, and proper interpretation of implied meanings is a major constituent of pragmatic competence. In this regard, this study aimed to investigate the efficiency of a film-based instruction program devised to facilitate the interpretation of implied meanings in English. It was conducted with a quasi-experimental design. First, a multiple-choice discourse completion test was given to 144 English language teacher trainees with 77 people in the experimental group and 67 in the control group. After the 5-week instruction given to the experimental group, the test was administered to both groups again. The results revealed significant differences in favor of the experimental group. This makes the program a promising one as it made the participants, who were also prospective English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers responsible for helping their own students have pragmatic competence too, significantly more equipped about processing implied meanings as a major constituent of pragmatic competence.

Keywords: Film, implied meanings (implicature), pragmatic competence, teaching pragmatics, teacher training


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