Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Film English: innovative and creative use of moving images in language learning

Today I want to suggest an essential resource for English classes: Film English, the website of the English teacher Kieran Donaghy.

On his website, professor Donaghy uploads his own designed units that promotes the innovative and creative use of moving images in language learning. The most remarkable thing is that all his projects are planned using video in the classroom.

Each unit has a classification by level, time, type of students and others. It also specifies the topic of the unit and includes materials that can be downloaded for our class. The units are “ready to use” and we can use them immediately.

The lessons promote critical thinking in the language classroom, and encourage learners to reflect on values while learning a  language.

Film English has become a very popular resource bank and is visited by thousands of teachers every week. It has also received critical acclaim and won various awards, including winner of Best Individual Blog and Runner-up in The Best Use of Video in the 2011 Edublog Awards; the 2011 TEFL.net  Site of the Year; and British Council Teaching English Featured Blog of the Month.

I suggest you to visit the web and have a look to the units he already made. You will find a very high quality material and it is very easy to use if you follow his instructions.

This is just a beautiful example of one of his last units called Be Happy. It is designed around a short video which was inspired by Be Happy: A Little Book to Help You Live a Happy Life by Monica Sheehan. Students speak and write about happiness, and watch a short video. Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) – Intermediate (B1)

Do not miss it!!

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