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Movie Making and English Learning at St Anthonys Canossian Secondary School


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This is a project that was carried out at St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School in Singapore where students learned how to create movies with the intention of improving their Speaking and Writing skills (English)

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Movie Making and English Learning at St Anthonys Canossian Secondary School

  1. 1. Using Storyboards & Movie Making to Develop Skills in Speaking & Writing St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School Paviter Singh Masters Candidate, HGSE Monday, April 19, 2010
  2. 2. Espoused Theory School If we create an environment based on shared understanding, shared accountability and shared responsibility for the improvement of instructional practice Teachers If teachers share a common practice, re ect and make improvements to it using a common language and common observation protocol Students If we are able to transfer the agency of learning to students If students have a sense of efficacy with regards to their ability to learn If students are able to apply what they learn in speaking and writing to real life situations Then students will attain high levels of achievement Monday, April 19, 2010
  3. 3. Theory in Use Students Are disengaged, disinterested, unmotivated Are performing below grade level Experienced Teachers Blame students for poor grades Do not feel that there is a need to change/modify their practice Novice Teachers Are willing to try new approaches but do not have appropriate guidance / support School Wants raise student motivation and achievement Wants to get teachers to improve their instructional practice Monday, April 19, 2010
  4. 4. Theory of Action Students If students are engaged in activities that they nd important and meaningful If students develop a greater sense of efficacy with regards to speaking and writing in English If students feel that they are in control of their own learning Then students will attain high levels of achievement Teachers If teachers are trained and provided with the support If teachers see the positive outcome of the pilot project Then teachers would have the knowledge, skills, understanding and expertise to help students attain high levels of achievement Monday, April 19, 2010
  5. 5. The Project Students would work in groups to create a short 5 min movie clip on a social issue important to teenagers Clari ed expectations of groups and group members Each group had a teacher advisor and student facilitator Completed movie clips would be screened at a local cinema Writing Skills Story boarding, script writing and movie editing Students to create a blog and post an entry after each session Speaking Skills Acting, oral presentation of the synopsis to their movie Transfer of Agency All lesson material put online Monday, April 19, 2010
  6. 6. The Resources Hardware 16 computers (2 for each group) 8 video cameras (1 for each group) Software Movie Making application Time 7 training sessions of between 4 to 5 hrs 1 to 2 weeks for students to lm Finale where completed work is presented Facilitators Technical Instructors (Sinema Old School) 4 teachers 8 college students (one for each group) Monday, April 19, 2010
  7. 7. The Curriculum Session 1: Finding a Story to Tell 1 Students watch clips from various short lms and discuss Character and character development Background and setting What story to tell and how to go about writing it How to turn a story into a script Work at home Theme: A Social Issue Write a short story on an issue that you are passionate about Monday, April 19, 2010
  8. 8. The Curriculum Session 2: Finding a Story to Tell 2 Students to come to the session having written a short story (to be translated into a script) Instructor shows/explains to students what is a story board (using an example from a popular Singaporean Sit-com) Students work to translate their stories into storyboards (text, sounds, pictures) Discuss the difficulties faced With this knowledge, how would you select an appropriate story Monday, April 19, 2010
  9. 9. The Curriculum Session 3: Pre-Production 1 Students form groups of 5. Each member takes on a role such as director, producer, sound tech, lighting tech, cast coordinator Discuss in groups (with guidance): Script: Breakdown and organize the written script into different components for preparation Location Scouting: Finding locations / negotiating for locations Casting: Find talents / conduct an audition Schedule: Plan overall timeline / shoot schedule Budgeting: Plan and manage budget Monday, April 19, 2010
  10. 10. The Curriculum Session 4: Pre-Production 2 Understanding the rules of lm making What can and cannot be done Hands-On Session on the use of various equipment Digital Camera Video Camera Lights How to position cameras/lights for maximum effect Learning from expert camera men and women responsible for shooting famous local sitcoms! Monday, April 19, 2010
  11. 11. The Curriculum Session 5: Sounds for Film Hands-on training on more advanced features of lming & editing Voice Background noise Sound effects How to pick the best space for your scene Monday, April 19, 2010
  12. 12. The Curriculum Guided Practicum (in groups) Groups to discuss and work on their script / story board Groups to loan out video cameras for 1-2 weeks to shoot their lms Monday, April 19, 2010
  13. 13. The Curriculum Session 6: How to use Video Editing Software All groups should have completed shooting by this stage 4 hour training session on how to edit video Groups to practice using their own footage Groups to arrange to use computers for editing outside of training hours (if required) Monday, April 19, 2010
  14. 14. The Curriculum Session 7: Critique Exporting of nal product to disc Round table re ection / critique (plus delta) Groups prepare & rehearse their 1 minute presentation Monday, April 19, 2010
  15. 15. The Finale Screening of Student Films Each group required to introduce their lm before it is screened All teachers and parents of students in attendance Speech by Sinema Director and School Principal Students given certi cates of completion and surprise gifts (tote bags) Films are also screened in school to all other students at a later date Monday, April 19, 2010
  16. 16. Outcomes Student Participants Pride and con dence Writing and speaking are not as difficult as they thought Real improvement in academic results & engagement in class Better communication/relationship with parents Parents (unintended) Pride and surprise in the ability of their children Renewed support and engagement in school activities Monday, April 19, 2010
  17. 17. Outcomes Teacher Facilitators Mentors and ambassadors to other teachers Inspired to explore yet new ways to improve their practice Other Teachers Surprised at what their students are capable of More willing to re-look at their practice and consider suggestions for improvements Monday, April 19, 2010
  18. 18. Moving Forward School Level improvement Teacher PD and support Scalability across all classes in that grade level Review student suggestions for improvement Monday, April 19, 2010
  19. 19. Using Storyboards & Movie Making to Develop Skills in Speaking & Writing St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School Paviter Singh Masters Candidate, HGSE Monday, April 19, 2010