YLAB- geisteswisschenschaftliches Schülerlabor der Universität Göttingen

Short Films in the EFL Classroom: Reception and Production

Seminar für Englische Philologie, Fachdidaktik,
Katharina Delius

Films offer a wide range of possibilities for the EFL classroom. They provide authentic and varied language as well as a visual context. Used in the language learning classroom they can increase students“ motivation and help them to develop all four communicative skills. Dealing with films in class can also train students“ media literacy which plays an increasingly important role in modern society.

This seminar aims at exploring the question of why and how teachers should use the genre of the short film in the language classroom. We will discuss the viewing and analysis processes of films and various teaching methods. Participants will get the chance to develop their own film workshops, which will be offered on one day at the YLAB for an English class (May, 30th, 7:30am – 2pm). With the help of the students, pupils will produce their own short films. University students will also need to sit in one one of the English classes (Monday, 11:30-1:05, or Thursday 7:50-9:20, once only before the actual project). We might also need one additional lesson on the following Monday or Wednesday after the YLAB workshops to cut and edit the films together with the pupils.

Reading: Henseler, Roswitha; Möller, Stefan; Surkamp, Carola (2011): Filme im Englischunterricht. Grundlagen, Methoden, Genres. 1. Aufl. Seelze: Klett/Kallmeyer