Language learning using muted or wordless videos - A creativity-based edutainment learning forum

Gangalakshmi Chermakani, Saranraj Loganathan, Ebenezar Sam Paul Rajasekaran, Vishwalingam Murugan Sujetha, Oswin Barnabas Vasanthakumar Stephesn


From the teacher's perspective, English language enrichment is more applicable and easier when using videos, resulting in a surge in the student's receptivity. This paper attempts to bridge the gap by using silent videos to stimulate creative writing with a constructivism paradigm. Conducted in an Engineering college in the rural part of South India, two classes with 60 students each (both male and female) from first-year engineering (heterogeneous classes) at CEFR B1 level were chosen for the study. The researchers were the course instructors themselves, with fifteen-minute silent sports videos used for both groups. A sports video with audio was used for the controlled group, whereas one without audio was used for the target group. The controlled group tape-scripted the video content as they listened, while the experimental group created the script for the video on their own. The scripts were assessed for language quality based on vocabulary usage, sentence formation, and choice of words. The assessment details demonstrated that the experimental group students had demonstrated better scriptwriting skills compared to the control group students, who had relied on the audio and tried to paraphrase the words they had heard, leading to unclear scripting. This research showed that silent videos also help in grasping the English language by ESL learners, especially in creative writing and script drafting, evidentially proving that silent videos stimulate autonomous writing among students as they do not depend on audio for tape scripting. It further enhanced their writing skills with creative ability, and, further, the students preferred silent videos over audio videos due to better outcomes.

Keywords: muted video, assessment, pedagogy, multimedia, silent video, autonomous learning and monitoring



Gangalakshmi Chermakani

The author currently works as Selection Grade Assistant Professor of English & HOD, Department of English, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College (Autonomous), Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She has 15 years of teaching experience at various institutions, and has published two books and registered four copyrights. She has cleared BEC examination (Higher) and TESOL Expert. In addition, she shares her excellence as a Reviewer, Resource person, Editorial Board Member, Expert member, and Language and Soft skills trainer. Furthermore, she is an eminent scholar in the field of English Language and Literature and has published various research articles in Scopus and UGC care indexed journals.

Saranraj Loganathan

The author currently works as Assistant Professor of English, Department of English, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College (Autonomous), Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, and has around 9 years of teaching experience and 2 years of research experience. He has published 14 research papers and three books, and is an eminent scholar with much research potential in the field of English Language teaching with empirical statistics.

Ebenezar Sam Paul Rajasekaran

The author is a seasoned communications expert with six years of language teaching experience in technical institutions. He is passionately involved in developing curriculum for soft skills training sessions organised at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College. Furthermore, he is pursuing his PhD at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai in the field of Graphic Narratives.

Vishwalingam Murugan Sujetha

The author completed his UG in Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education and his PG in The American College Madurai. Having qualified for UGC NET, he is currently pursuing his PhD as a part-time scholar at Bharathiar University Coimbatore. Since April 2021 he has been working at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College as Assistant Professor of English. He is good at translation, public speaking and Soft skill training.

Oswin Barnabas Vasanthakumar Stephesn

The author is a young researcher in English Literature with specifications in Diaspora studies, Medical Humanities and Disability studies. He has been serving in the teaching field as an Assistant professor for more than four years.

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Chermakani, G., Loganathan, S., Rajasekaran, E. S. P., Sujetha, V. M., & Stephesn, O., B., V. (2023). Language learning using muted or wordless videos - A creativity-based edutainment learning forum. e-mentor, 2(99), 22-30.