Use of Video in Teaching Croatian as a Second Langauge

Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, No. 5, 2012

Professional paper

Josipa Korljan ; University of Split, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

pages 251-262

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Video is finding an increasing use as a medium in education, classroom teaching as well as in e-learning. The thesis of this paper is based on the assumption that the best way of acquiring knowledge is learning by doing and giving a student the main role in teaching. Therefore, this paper examines the possibilities that video offers in teaching foreign languages, especially in teaching Croatian as a second and foreign language (L2) in Croatia. Drawing on theories of empiricism and constructivism, foreign language teaching and target groups are analysed. Teaching outcomes that influence the choice of media and technology are determined by Bloom’s taxonomy. Four possible uses of video in a foreign language teaching are presented, after which positive and negative elements of using this medium are pointed out. This paper contributes to promotion of new technologies which call for a new paradigm in teaching in which the roles of all three actors in teaching process – teacher, student and teaching materials – will be changed.


teaching Croatian as a second language; video in learning process; constructivism; learning process; innovations