Learning via Subtitling:
Software & Processes for Developing
Language Learning Material based on Film Subtitling
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Description of the LvS Environment Print E-mail

The LvS environment

Learning via Subtitling (LvS) is a subtitling simulator designed for educational activities' purposes. This software tool can be used by language teachers to create activities based on subtitling film-scenes, news, documentaries etc., and by FL learners to carry out these activities.

It comprises four basic areas - Multimedia player, Document viewer, Subtitle editor and Notes - as shown in the screenshot  below.

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Figure 2: Screenshot of an LvS learning activity

Multimedia player area

It allows the learner to view, rewind and forward the film, both with and without subtitles.

Document viewer area

It allows the learner to view the instructions and other files necessary for the activity (information about the clip, the script, exercises, etc.)

Subtitle editor area

It allows the learner to edit and manage the subtitles. Each subtitle line is divided in four columns where the subtitle’s data is viewed: Start time and End time (the temporal points in the clip when the subtitle text appears and disappears from the screen), Duration, and Subtitle text. The next two columns are for teacher and learner comments. The teacher can mark the subtitle line with an icon (“well done”, “warning” etc.) which when clicked takes the learners to the Notes area where they can read the teacher’s comment.

Moreover, an algorithm calculates the number of characters introduced in each subtitle: if it exceeds the time and space constraints, the text is marked. This does not affect the appearance of the subtitle on the multimedia player and the subtitle file can still be used and saved.

Also, if the number of the subtitle (first column) is double-clicked, the “current time” of the clip is moved to the equivalent time-point, enabling the learner to view and listen only the fragment where the selected subtitle appears.

The users can create new subtitles in the subtitle file by clicking on the buttons [Start subtitle] and [End subtitle] in order to establish the time when they want the subtitle to appear and disappear respectively. This process is called “cueing”. Whether the cueing is performed by the learner or the teacher depends on the design and the objectives of the activity. If the teacher aims to reduce the technicalities of subtitling, s/he may provide the in and out times of the subtitles together with the rest of the activity elements. On the other hand, if the objective is for the students to practice listening, this process may be carried out the students: in order for them to find when exactly a new subtitle should appear, they are obliged to listen to the clip over and over again in order to insert the in and out times correctly.

Notes area

It allows the learner and the teacher to exchange feedback. It is divided in the general notes and the comments per subtitle. When a comment per subtitle is clicked, the “current time” of the clip is moved to the moment when the respective subtitle appears.

Other Software Features:

  • Authoring mode (see Glossary in this tutorial)
  • Importing (Packed activity, Video, Subtitles, Documents)
  • Exporting (Packed activity with or without video, Subtitles, Documents)
  • Student and Teacher general Notes and per subtitle Comments
  • Multiple Documents in different tabs available
  • Auto-resizing parts of the interface
  • Option to write subtitle text directly under the player with simultaneous update of the subtitle grid
  • Most recently used files list
  • Buttons "Set subtitle start" and "Set subtitle end" modifying the Start time and End time of an existing subtitle

The files needed for the creation of an activity (input files) are:

a)      a multimedia file: eg. a film scene, a video-clip, a documentary.

b)      one or more documents: e.g. a powepoint presentation with the instructions, an MS Word document with an exercise.

c)       a subtitle file - unless the activity requires the students to create their own subtitles.

LvS runs under Windows 2000 or Windows XP and Windows Vista.

 

 

 


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