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SHORT AND SWEET Using Short Films in ELT SEETA Webinar, 29th March, 2016

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Using Short Films in ELTSEETA Webinar, 29th March, 2016

OBJECTIVE OF THE SESSIONTo show why short films are an excellent resourse and how they can be used critically and creatively in the language classroom and beyond.

1.The renaissance of the short film.

2.The benefits of using short films.

3.Activities designed around short films.

4. Learner-generated moving images

5. Quality short films.



1.View several times2.Different activity each time3.Greater dramatic impact4.A whole narrative 5.Prompts for oral and written


Advantages of short films

Practical lesson ideas inspired by short films


• The Adventures of a Cardboard Box

• The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

• I Forgot My Phone• Inseparable• The Man Who Planted Trees• The Black Button• Post-it Love

Silent Films



Students write an alternative ending.



Write a sequel

The Reader

a bookshopa reading classa librarya gold stara proud fathera proud son

The Reader

Write a prequel

Lost Property

Lost PropertyShow the trailer and predict the story

Lost Property

The Present

The PresentPause, describe acharacter, and

predict rest of the story.

The Mirror

The Mirror



Learner-generated moving


Filmmaking is a positive and creative solution to integrating students’ digital life outside the classroom with what can happen inside the classroom and that through collaboration, they can actually create something greater.

‘We must teach communication comprehensively in all its forms … We live and work in a visually sophisticated world, so we must be sophisticated in using all the forms of communication, not just the written word.’

George Lucas

‘We need filmmaking in our classrooms, not to graduate filmmakers, but to graduate problem solvers, critical thinkers and passionate people who can work with others to make that which does not yet exist, real.’

Nikos Theodosakis

‘The ability to capture diverse images, text and sounds and make educated decisions regarding the best way to combine them into a coherent and meaningful product makes digital filmmaking an appropriate tool for creative language learning.’

Seemita Mohanty

“Today everybody’s a film-maker.”

Wim Wenders

The Beauty of a Second

The Beauty of a Second

Film chronicles enable the learners to connect the language of the classroom with the outside world and their own personal interests.





These film chronicles aim to develop the learners’ abilities in the following areas:• Reading and writing skills• Speaking skills• Paralinguistic skills• Presentation skills• Research skills• Visualisation skills• Problem solving skills• Critical thinking skills• Planning and coordinating skills• Creativity• Self-confidence

Students either individually or in their pairs or groups:• explore and develop an original idea.• prepare their own scripts.• rehearse and perform their scripts.• direct and edit their films.

The teacher plays a number of roles: • Helping students write their

scripts, and making sure these are understandable.

• Ensuring their subtitles and captions are understandable.

• Advising them on their pronunciation, when they are rehearsing their scripts.

• Advising them on paralinguistic features, such as body language, gestures and facial expressions.• Giving feedback on their

language errors.• Evaluating their performance

in the creative process of making a film, and their final products – their films!

My School

My Family

My Community

Finding quality short films online

Online resources students can use to create and tell their own stories.

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