Thursday, December 13, 2012

"The Journey" Using a short film in language therapy

One of my favorite blogs is Film English.  This blogger writes about once a week---imbedding a short film, usually with no words, along with a lesson plan for teachers.  Here is his blurb:

"I’m Kieran Donaghy,  an English teacher at UAB Idiomes Barcelona , Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, and I set up Film English in March 2010. Film English is a site which promotes the use of film in the language classroom. There are lesson plans, a film language glossary and film links  to help both teachers and students."

I look forward to his postings--if nothing else, I like to watch the shorts.  Today, I looked at his latest post and saw that this could be applied to my upper elementary crowd.  

  • Telling or writing a narrative
  • Interpreting facial expressions
  • Using prepositions to tell where the snowman went
  • Comparing  snowpeople 
  • Discussing narrative elements---characters, setting, obstacles  
  • If you really want to be ambitious, take a screen shot of various scenes, print them out, and have your students supply the dialogue.  Use post-it notes and write the dialogue (or speech bubbles) with your students to create a short book.  
                                                                                                                                                                                   I'm sure there are many other uses.  Even if you don't use this in your teaching,  sit back and enjoy the film. If you like it, hop on over to Film English for more.

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