Harnessing the Power of Electronic Media: Incorporating Film in the Introductory Czech Classroom

This paper discusses activities designed for students in an Introductory Czech class.  The film-generated assignments presented here, based on selections from the Czech film Kolja made available to students as clips from the BLC Library of Foreign Language Film Clips via bCourses, address not only a range of specific language skills (listening, speaking, writing, and even by extension reading) but also cultural and historical awareness. The talk examines what kinds of activities give students the impetus to interact with the wider environment beyond the classroom through electronic resources, what learning goals can be achieved through such assignments, and how such assignments can be carried back as activities into the shared experience of the classroom.

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