Using Film in the EFL Classroom

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Workshop for Centro Colombo Americano Manizales on how to use new multimedia resources in the language classroom, specifically film and graded readers with video.

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Using Film in the EFL Classroom

  1. 1. Multimedia Materials: Using Film ColomboTech Workshop 7
  2. 2. NEW COLOMBO MULTIMEDIA MATERIALS: USING FILM
  3. 3. Types • Drama video (films, soaps, sitcoms) • Documentaries • TV news and weather • Discussions • Interviews • TV commercials • Talk shows • Game shows
  4. 4. Uses in Language Teaching • For its own sake • For listening comprehension • As a language model • For culture • As a stimulus for input • As a moving picture book Sherman (2003)
  5. 5. Suggestions for Using Film • Material • Ads, “trailers” for movies, a scene from a movie, documentaries, news segments, TV shows, talk shows… • How long? • Clips 2-10 minutes long • Consider: • What is the educational purpose? • Topics and language appropriate to
  6. 6. Techniques for Using Film or Video • Vision on / sound off • Sound on / vision off • Pause / still / freeze- frame • Sound and video on • Split viewing • Jumbled sequence
  7. 7. Film & Literature Connection • The Shawshank Redemption • Perspeolis • Dr. Suess • Bridge to Terabithia • The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe • Harry Potter • The Birds (Hitchcock) • 10 Things I Hate about You (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare) • An Inconvenient Truth
  8. 8. Film & Literature Connection • Amistad • Jurassic Park • The Silence of the Lambs • Lemony Snicket
  9. 9. Book to Film • Compare extract from a novel, short story, or graded reader with the film version of the same scene
  10. 10. Working with Film Clips • Identify and describe emotions • Before and after (a scene) • Pragmatics (i.e. use of politeness in “The Graduate”) 10
  11. 11. Great Scenes • Final scene of G o n e w it h t h e W in d , where Rhett walks out on Scarlett • Showdown between Luke and Darth Vader in T h e E m p ir e S t r ik e s B a c k • “Here’s looking at you, kid” scene in C a s a b la n c a • Phone home scene from E . T .
  12. 12. Focusing on Characters • Missing or wanted posters • Giving advice to characters • Casting couch (describing physical appearances) 12
  13. 13. Book & Game • Clue • Character versions of classic board games (Simpsons G u e s s W h o , Harry Potter M o n o p o lo y , etc.) 13
  14. 14. Creating film-related materials • Complete the timeline • Roleplaying great scenes
  15. 15. Cartoons • Compare comic strip and film version of the cartoon – Persepolis – Spiderman – Batman – Peanuts
  16. 16. Responding to Whole Films • Favorite scenes • Story maps • Comprehension • Reviews 18
  17. 17. Creating Film-Related Materials • Create a new soundtrack • Design the remake • Storyboards 19
  18. 18. Cartoons • Compare comic strip and film version of the cartoon – Persepolis – Spiderman – Batman – Peanuts • Compare comic strip and film version of the cartoon
  19. 19. Graded Readers with Video • National Geographic readers (A2-B1) – Geography, culture, tradition, etc.
  20. 20. References • Sherman, J. (2003). Using authentic video in the language classroom. Cambridge: CUP. • Stempleski, S. & Tomalin, B. (2001). Film. Oxford: OUP.

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