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What can you do with films in MFL lessons?

Here are just some of the many activities you can use when teaching a film with more advanced students. This is adapted from the Teacher’s Guide of frenchteacher.net.

Use still images as a basis for oral description and try to predict storyline.
Show the first scene - what came before?
Show the video without sound or just listen with no visual.
Tick boxes to check comprehension in target language while watching film.
Play soundtrack & have a tick list for moods: e.g. in French “joyeux/terrifiant/angoissant.”
Provide True/false comprehension tasks.
Provide worksheets with questions in L2.
Examine a scene in detail. How did the director achieve the effect on the viewer he was aiming for.
Cut off final few frames for prediction.
Re-ordering the plot for jigsaw reading.
Who said what? – match the characters and the quotations. Also, who could have said what?
Open dialogues – imagine the other character (e.g. dialogue on the telephone) or imagine what the people in the scene are thinking.
Rewrite a scene from the film – how else could it have started or ended?
Perform or write an imaginary interview with the director.
Students do research on the director for a presentation or essay
Watch interviews with the director and actors from Youtube, for example.
Do listening gap fill tasks or full transcription on sections of dialogue, with or without options provided.
Do written gap fills on characters and themes.
Write a film review.
Find film reviews in L2 and produce worksheets with matching tasks.
Where relevant, students learn about the characteristics of the film school being studied (e.g. new wave).
Students are provided with a cinema vocabulary glossary and explanation of film terms (e.g. close-up, freeze frame, dissolve, iris, long shot, zoom, panning, dolly)
Encourage students to buy their own copy and other films by the same director.



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