Language learning made easier with Closed Captioning

Language learning made easy with closed captioning

As the adage goes, learning should always be higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean. Closed captioning provides a great learning environment for all ages from kids who go to school, to the old and retired. It helps them build vocabulary, improve phonic skills, word recognition, increase reading speed, provide visual-based learning, learn new languages, and also helps the individual to know the latest in the market.

Visual Learning:

Visual learning, combined with Closed Captioning makes learning easier and fun. It creates a better impact by helping learners learn concepts faster, and recognize words easily.

Video advertisements play a big role by having become the sole medium to market products and services. Gone are the days when people skipped advertisements when streamed in YouTube or any other form of social media. Today people tend to watch them, or love them rather, regardless of the language they are streamed in. With closed captioning, it becomes easy for the viewer to understand the concept behind the product/service advertised.

As the world gets busier and noisier, entertainment industries like Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos and the like provide the feature of closed captioning in their videos, helping people access and understand videos regardless of the environment they are in, including areas where access to audio is restricted.

Over-the-top media service providers like Netflix has tapped the educational sector, by streaming a number of videos targeting different age groups (middle schools, higher school).  Different documentary and educational videos with captions in them have made students understand the value of life and money better.

While focus is on the educational sector, videos in different languages with closed captions ensures that the “content matches the intent”, and no one watching it is unclear about the message conveyed.

People interested in learning new skills and adapting to new technologies have widened their learning process by getting used to new trends and methods. The class room setting is slowly losing its sheen as more and more people use visual tutorials with closed captioning. Television channels too have followed suit, and viewership for many channels have increased manifold after adapting closed captioning services.

Learning a New Language:

According to a study, closed captioning has become an important and inexpensive tool to learn a foreign language. Adapting to different dialects has been made easier with closed captioning. With viewers who take up English as their second or third language and those who are LEPs or Limited English Proficient on the rise, closed captioning helps the message reach a larger group of people as hearing and watching content simultaneously helps students learn a foreign language much faster.

Learning methodologies have globalized where people enroll in distance education and online courses thereby saving time and money. These online courses, embedded with closed captioning, help learners understand the topics better. These courses also give the learners a PDF kit with the entire study history for easy review and to make notes.

Countries like India and Finland are adapting Closed Captioning based learning to increase the literacy and language proficiency rate.

Closed captioning is a great tool diversifying learners to expand their knowledge in an easy and flexible way.