“Watching a film is a perfect way to learn a foreign language in context, and be exposed to real life conversations and new day-to-day phrases and vocabulary. Foreign language films also provide a diverse cultural experience, as they often focus on different social and political aspects.” *Gil Pocas, Head of Spanish at Langley Park School for Girls
ALL Corporate Member Into Film is offering exciting opportunities for teachers to use the accessible and immersive medium of film to bring language learning to life.
- Love Languages – Spanish: is a brand new, curriculum linked, film-focused resource for Key Stage 2 comprising of an activity pack for teachers and an accompanying PowerPoint Presentation complete with film clips and stills. Both are available to download for free at www.intofilm.org/resources. Developed in consultation with teacher advisers, Love Languages – Spanish enables teachers and pupils to engage with short and feature length Spanish films to develop language, literacy and cultural appreciation skills. Activities, which can be adapted to support different stages of learning, centre on three Spanish language films specially selected to engage and excite young people. The activities provide support for pupils to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills on a range of topics including; sport, colours, the body, emotions and storytelling.
Into Film’s resources to support language learning also include:
- Love Languages – French: a Key stage 2 resource and accompanying PowerPoint presentation which focuses on Le Ballon Rouge, Kirikou et les Hommes et les Femmes, and Une Vie de Chat to develop pupils’ French speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through film text, and
- European Day of Languages: featuring seven films specially selected to be accessible to learners aged 7-19, each with discussion questions and activity ideas to encourage learners to explore different cultures and ways of life. The films and languages featured are: Wadjda (Arabic), La Famille Belier (French), Max Minsky und Ich/ Max Minsky and Me (German), La Juala de Oro/ The Golden Dream (Spanish), Goodbye Lenin! (German) and Carlitos y el Campo de los Suenos/ Carlitos and the Chance of a Lifetime (Spanish).
These and hundreds more classic and contemporary foreign language films for all ages are featured in the Into Film catalogue and can be ordered for free by setting up an Into Film Club at your school or college.
Foreign Language films are also a feature of the free Into Film Festival, the world’s largest youth film festival, which offers free screenings and events for 5 to 19 year olds in venues throughout the UK from 09-25 November. Titles on offer include, among others, French films Zarafa, Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues, La Famille Belier and Girlhood, German thriller Victoria and Spanish titles El Cid: La Leyenda and Hidden Away. Educators can book tickets now at www.intofilm.org/events/festival. All screenings and events are free.
“Thank you for providing a great opportunity for young people to access foreign language films. As a teacher of French and Spanish, I know how important these experiences are for students and how much they contribute to their language learning as well as cultural understanding.” Teacher Kirsten Gregory (Attendee at Into Film Festival 2015)
Into Film is a UK wide education organisation, supported by the BFI through Lottery funds, which provides numerous opportunities for teaching and learning through film. For information or to set up a free Into Film Club, download resources or sign up for free training on using film to support learning, visit www.intofilm.org
*Read the full blog by Gil Pocas on Using Film to Inspire Language Learning.