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Short Film in Language Teaching

The British Film Institute via FutureLearn

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Use short film in foreign language teaching and learning

Learners of a new language face exciting challenges in developing their abilities to speak, listen, read and write and in learning about other cultures. Through short film, teachers can bring new worlds into the classroom and bring language learning alive.

Research has shown that short film has much to offer language teachers in helping learners develop their knowledge of language and cultural awareness. This online course will share ways of teaching languages through the medium of short film that will inspire and motivate both teacher and learner, and improve attainment significantly.

The core target audience is language educators, in any setting, who want to develop their professional expertise in film-rich approaches to teaching. The examples of practice will be drawn from the UK, though the short films we use come from all over the world. There is an inbuilt default in the work we’re drawing on towards French and Spanish language learning, though we will take care to generalise away from specific languages wherever possible. Prospective learners need nothing more than a curiosity about film, the world, and about how people learn languages.

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