Students’ experiences in learning a second language have been studied extensively during the past few decades while learning through mass media has acquired attention of the practitioners during the last two decades. One of the mediums used in this regard are the movies since exposure to English in movies has been found to help the learners learn better. This study explores the Pakistani English language learners’ experiences in learning English vocabulary through films. Since the data had to be acquired from the learners’ experiences, we conducted interviews with 10 students who watched at least 30 English movies over the course of one year. The technique of thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. The results of the study highlighted the usefulness of movies in acquisition of vocabulary by English as second language learners. The study discusses reasons behind efficacy of movies in building vocabulary. The study contributes to the existing literature on vocabulary acquisition and teaching by highlighting the roles of motion pictures.
Second Language, Students’ experience, Vocabulary Learning, Movies