Teach with Films

Create lesson plans for English Language and Literature based on movies and films.

original-3135828-1The use of technology, now  available in the classroom, using visuals, specifically films, seems like an effective  teaching tool. For example,many of the basic elements of literature can be illustrated using films. Short film clips are readily available now, making it possible to use various clips to help explain concepts like point of view, symbolism, and tone. Another benefit of using film is that it provides a source of authentic and varied language. Film provides students with examples of English used in ‘real’ situations outside the classroom, particularly interactive language – the language of real-life conversation. Film exposes students to natural expressions and the natural flow of speech. If they are not living in an English-speaking environment, perhaps only film and television can provide learners with this real-life language input. Films also can bring variety and flexibility to the language classroom by extending the range of teaching techniques and resources, helping students to develop all four communicative skills. For example, a whole film or sequence can be used to practise listening and reading, and as a model for speaking and writing. What is more,films can  act as a springboard for follow-up tasks such as discussions, debates on social issues, role plays, reconstructing a dialogue or summarising. It is also possible to bring further variety to the language learning classroom by screening different types of film: feature-length films, short sequences of films, short films, and adverts.  Websites and blogs help to provide detailed and well-structured lesson plans based on film and television clips, short films and viral videos, which save the busy teacher a lot of time. Here are some to follow:

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