Publication Title
Audio description as a pedagogical tool in the foreign language classroom. An analysis of student perceptions of difficulty, usefulness and learning progress
Publication Type
Journal article
Journal
Journal of Audiovisual Translation
Year of publication
2022
Volume
5
Issue
2
Pages
152-175
Language(s)

English

Modalities
Abstract
Audio description (AD) is an intersemiotic mode of audiovisual translation where images are translated into words to facilitate access to visual content for visually-impaired audiences. Over the last decade, it has gained prominence in foreign language research, as its formal particularities and condition as a communication-oriented and process-based activity present a fertile ground for designing innovative classroom tasks. This research was conducted with students of Spanish at the University of Manchester, and it investigates participants’ perceptions about a classroom AD project. The exploratory analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from participants’ responses to end-of-project questionnaires leads to the formulation of a "triple-connection hypothesis": a direct relationship between perceptions of difficulty of the main challenges of AD, perceptions of usefulness of AD for developing the skills required to overcome those challenges, and perceptions of own learning progress thanks to AD. The findings show that AD is perceived by students as especially useful for developing integrated skills, communicative skills and lexical skills, to a greater or lesser extent depending on the difficulty perceived.
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