How to turn short and feature-length films into a complete language course

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
Although generally recognized as a great tool for teaching languages, films aren’t always used to their full potential in the second language classroom. Very often the learners are invited to carry out exercises based exclusively on either what is said by the characters or the narrator, or on the comprehension of the plot and its cultural contents. If we compare the film to a ripe orange and its teaching potential to the orange juice, this approach means squeezing only a few drops instead of filling a big glass, and fails to exploit the rich resources offered by moving images. This course aims to equip participants with an original teaching method, allowing them to turn films (whether short or feature-length) into a complete language course. Unlike other possible approaches, the films aren’t conceived as just a part of the class, but rather become the complete “textbook”, whereby students can strengthen all of their abilities (speaking, writing, listening, reading), as well as learn and practice vocabulary and grammar. Students are invited to a stimulating and energizing linguistic journey through the film across several sessions (approximately 20 teaching hours for a 90’ film).

Learning outcomes:
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • evaluate the teaching potential of short and feature-length films in the second language classroom;
  • design complete language courses based on short or feature-length films;
  • effectively manage the different aspects and phases of class work with short or feature-length films;
  • integrate short and feature-length films into online and remote teaching;
  • contribute towards improving their work environment by disseminating the course contents.

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : B1 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    Participants are expected to have a strong interest (but not necessarily previous experience) in using movies as a tool for language teaching. The ideal participant strongly believes that films are a powerful tool for teaching a second language, but doesn’t really know how to use them effectively, would like to improve his/her teaching skills, or is seeking a new teaching approach.

  • General prerequisites :

    Minimum one-year full-time experience as a second language teacher

  • Maximum number of participants : 20
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 16.01.2022 - 23.01.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 10.07.2022 - 17.07.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 13.11.2022 - 20.11.2022 - To be confirmed

Sessions will be confirmed only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

In case your school wishes to send more than 6 participants together to the same course, we may evaluate the possibility to offer an extra session only for you (and in this case, we would be pleased to evaluate your proposal for fixed dates).

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