Short and Sweet: Using Film in the ML Classroom

We regret that due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule the event for later in the year. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Jacquie Harding: j.harding@aston.ac.uk

Teaching English to young learners

Date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Time: 16.00 – 19.00
Price: £75 (includes refreshments)
Venue: Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET
Deadline for registration: Monday 4th May 2015

Why should I attend?

This session will share some examples of short films (and frameworks for exploiting them fully) that can be used in the ML classroom to: 
  • promote active learning - visual literacy, listening, talking, writing
  • develop higher-order thinking skills - interpretation, analysis, evaluation
  • encourage collaborative working - pair/groupwork, communication skills
  • apply learning - cultural significance, global differences/similarities                   

When it comes to introducing cultural, socio-political and historical elements into the classroom, film can really cut quickly to the heart of the matter and bring a global perspective into the school. A short film can instantly contribute the opportunity to listen to a dialogue and hear ‘speaking in context’.
Short films - and some, at 60 seconds, can be very short! - can add a whole variety to your day-to-day lessons and can contribute to icebreakers, quick language points, listening skills and as practical communication tasks.
Whether you have used film in your classroom before, or are new to the idea, this seminar will give you the chance to experience some films, ideas and resources to take back into your school - and call 'action!'

To download a programme, click HERE. (Programme to follow)


Mike Tait is the producer of the annual Discovery Film Festival based at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Working with both the public cinema programme as well as schools across the region (through a mix of school screenings, practical film-related workshops and CPD events for teachers) his role is to increase engagement with the venue and moving image education opportunities for younger audiences throughout the year. Formerly a classroom teacher of film and media in further education, he has been cinema-based for the last ten years, promoting both MIE and the big screen experience.

To guarantee a place, please register online first and then proceed to online payment

*This booking is non-refundable, but may be swapped with another delegate if you are unable to attend.

**Please note we require a minimum of 5 delegates to run this event.  

Contact: Jacquie Harding at j.harding@aston.ac.uk

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