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Film and literacy CAMTESOL handouts


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Handouts for CAMTESOL 2013 presentation Lights, Cameras, English

Activities for reading and writing based on film

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Film and literacy CAMTESOL handouts

  1. 1. Lights, Camera, English Promoting EFL Literacy with Film: Part 1Susan Kelly.sksogang@yahoo.comSmall Group Blogs or Statistic tools available at www.sitemeter.comBy listing on sites like, groups can increase their traffic.Sample ScenesBackground: Jimmy is friends with married couple, Harold and Maisy. Jimmy works with Harold and theyare staying at the same New York hotel. Maisy invites Jimmy to spend the weekend in Italy so he canmeet her single friend Donna. She hopes to do some match making. Donna happens to be in New Yorkand meets Jimmy. At first she likes him, but then through a mistake confuses him with Maisy’s husbandHarold. She thinks Harold was flirting with her.With your group members write some scenes that show these characters in Italy. The following beatsmust occur in your scenes.1. Jimmy doesn’t want to go to Italy. Then he tells Harold he really likes Donna and hopes to win her heart. Then Harold gets a messages that Donna is Maisy’s friend, who will be in Italy so now Jimmy agrees to go.2. Maisy and Donna sit by the pool in Italy, Maisy asks Donna if she met Harold in New York. Donna nervously mentions that Harold was very flirtatious with her. She explains that Harold sent her flowers and danced with her. To Donna’s surprise, Maisy thinks that’s fine!3. Harold tells Jimmy that he met a young woman at the park and almost kissed her. He wants Jimmy to keep this a secret.4. At a restaurant Donna enters and sees Jerry. She tries to avoid him. He sees her and goes to her before she can leave. He tells her that Maisy knows exactly the write woman for him. This shocks Donna, who says she admires Maisy and Jerry agrees. Donna says, “I know who you are.” Jerry says why should that matter. After a bit of talk, though Donna is still shocked by Jerry. Then he asks her to marry him. She ends the scene saying, “How could I fall in love with anyone so low!”You will work with four or five partners. If you group has five people give Harold an assistant who alwaysmakes mistakes and annoys him as a 5th character.You will work together to write these scenes. Next week the groups will act out their scenes for the class.Be creative. There are many different ways to make this unique. You can decide the character’s jobs andhistory. You can choose where these scenes take place and you can change the cities.
  2. 2. Some good websites for teaching with, offers good, comprehensive information has a great listing of film studiesresourcesMedia Literacy Clearing House for K-12 educators film course screen writing resourcesHollywood Stock Exchange: www.hsx.comMovie Clichés List: www.moviecliches.comJournal of Popular Film and Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA)
  3. 3. Every critic has a thesis that they try to prove by giving good reasons for theiropinion. After reading the three reviews of The Matrix, work with a partner toanswer these questions:What is Nev Pierce’s thesis about The Matrix?What evidence does he present to convince us?What is Bob Graham’s thesis about The Matrix?What evidence does he present to convince us?What is Roger Ebert’s thesis about The Matrix?What evidence does he present to convince us?Compare your responses with another pair’s.
  4. 4. Inference Practice: Text and Subtext in Movie DialogText Carl to Rick: You’re getting to be your best customerSubtext Rick, you’re drinking too muchText Annina: Monsieur Rick, what kind of a man is Captain Renault? Rick: Oh, hes just like any other man, only more so.SubtextText Captain Renault: By the way, last night you evinced an interest in Se ñor Ugarte. Victor Laszlo: Yes. Captain Renault: I believe you have a message for him? Victor Laszlo: Nothing important, but may I speak to him now? Major Heinrich Strasser: You would find the conversation a trifle one-sided. Se ñor Ugarte is dead. Ilsa: Oh. Captain Renault: I am making out the report now. We havent quite decided yet whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.Subtext