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I personally believe that subtitles (always turned on) don't help improve comprehension. I think it is better to watch a part of movie without subtitles. If you don't get much of the meaning, rewatch that part. Rewatch it again. Then if you want you could turn on the subtitles (only English subtitles) and see what you missed or what you got wrong.
Then it depends what you mean by "pre-intermediate". If that level doesn't allow you to watch something without subtitles, then you should find something easier to understand (certain animated cartoons or television series are much more easier to understand than certain movies, for example). Try something easier, but don't watch everything with the subtitles turned on. If you still can't understand anything (less than 20% and not even the general meaning) without subtitles, then you are not ready to watch anything because your level is still too low. The reason could be your grammar, and probably you need more vocabulary. A very important reason, and the most likely to give you trouble, might be your pronunciation.
So, the answer to your question, "Should learners be shown movies with English or Spanish subtitles?", is: "No subtitles at all, at least the first time." Because as soon as they don't understand, they'll take a look at the subtitles and then go on reading them, and they'll end up reading them mentally with their own accent instead of listening what the speaker actually say. The result is that they won't listen.
End of my opinion. Hope you like it.
KooyeenNo, no, no, no, no!!! Never use subtitles in your native language! Never watch a movie in English and use Spanish subtitles, you'll never learn anything at all. If you want to use subtitles, only use English subtitles.I personally believe that subtitles (always turned on) don't help improve comprehension.Wrong! Ever wondered why some nationalities speak better English than others? It's because we have grown up watching subtitled programs. One day as a child I just noticed that I hadn't been reading the subtitles, I understood the dialogue without them. And because it doesn't feel like you are studying, it's much nicer to watch movies in a foreign language and you'll start to pick up words more and more. The more you watch, the more you learn.
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