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International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief and Legal Ethics: A class-room experiment on the Influence of American TV Legal Dramas on French Law Students

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Year:
2017
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
English For Legal Purposes, Law Students, Transportation Theory, TV Legal Series
Authors:
  • Chapon, Sandrine
Journal:
IJIRES
Volume:
4
Number:
1
Pages:
44-51
Month:
January
ISSN:
2349-5219
Abstract:
This study is related to the teaching of Legal English and explores the didactic potential of using TV series as a learning device for law students who are embracing English as a foreign language. If TV series are imbedded in the Common Law and illustrate specialized discourses, they are fictions meant to entertain audiences. Therefore the plots contain elements that make professionals cringe. Consequently these fictions need to be handled with care by ESP teachers. Based on transportation theory, this study explores the subject of the capacity of the viewers to maintain critical distance with what they are given to watch in order to apprehend if ELP teachers should refrain from using TV legal dramas as illustrations of the specialized culture.

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