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Teaching Japanese Pragmatic Competence Using Film Clips

In all 1st- through 3rd-year Japanese courses at UC Berkeley, students are expected to write several skits over the course of the semester. Each skit is submitted to the instructor for corrections, after which students perform the skit in class. Students appear to enjoy these oral quizzes. While checking 3rd-year Japanese students’ scripts, I have…

Library of Congress Issues New Exemptions

The mainstream media’s coverage of the announcement this week by the Librarian of Congress on new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (see the press release here), focused on the impact on jail breaking smart phones, but scant attention was paid to the exemption on circumvention of copying of DVDs. The latter ruling…

Update on LFLFC

The Library of Foreign Language Film Clips continues to grow in number of films, number of clips, and number of features. This spring we added our 41st language with the purchase of three films in Armenian. Currently our collection stands at 942 films, with Japanese, Russian, French, Spanish and Chinese accounting for 50% of the…

Teaching Zulu Language and Culture Through Film

Many studies show that film or “video has vast potential for enriching language study and making it more enjoyable and effective” (Wood 1992). My fall 2009 BLC Fellow’s project is a demonstration of how film can complement other materials used in class (especially the textbook) by tapping this resource. It involved cutting and preparing Zulu…

Workshop on Teaching Language and Culture with Film (UCCLLT), June 15-18, 2009

Teaching Language and Culture with Film   Marilyn Fabe, The Language of Film Mark Kaiser, Teaching with Film Clips Anne-Christine Rice, Implementing a Curriculum Built Around Film Sabine Levet, Cross-Cultural Comparison through Film Rick Kern, Making Connections between Film and Literacy Thomas J. Garza, Film as (Con)Text: Using Visual Media in Russian Language and Culture…

Lecture by Mark Kaiser, January 30, 2009

Introducing the Library of Foreign Language Film Clips: Modeling Language and Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom by Mark Kaiser, Associate Director, Berkeley Language Center, University of California, Berkeley This workshop will begin with a roll out of the LFLFC website and a demonstration of its functionality, using examples from Russian, Japanese, French, and Spanish.…

Filmmaking and Foreign Language Instruction

Filmmaking is a powerful tool for literacy-based language instruction. Elaborating on the New London Group’s findings, Rick Kern shows that a well-rounded literacy-based program should incorporate four basic curricular components: Situated Practice, Overt Instruction, Critical Framing, and Transformed Practice. Situated Practice involves spontaneous communication without metalanguage. Overt Instruction develops metalanguage by introducing linguistic or social…

Crossing the Bridge: Shifting Perspectives on and in First-Year Turkish Through Film

This semester, together with the invaluable input of my colleagues in the Berkeley Language Center, fellow first-year Turkish GSI, Kristin Dickinson, and Mellon Lecturer in Turkish, Ayla Algar, I developed a semester’s worth of activities for Turkish 1A (Elementary Modern Turkish) built around film clips taken from Turkish cinema, with one film clip or sequence…

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