Using Film to Teach Cultural Analysis Skills in L2: A Pragmatic Guide

This presentation describes a semester-length sequence of lessons structured around closely-watched film clips for fourth-semester Spanish. Based on the implementation of these lessons this semester, and of an analogous application in Italian 4, straightforward guidelines will be presented for the design of sequences of lessons that guide students from a passive to a critical and analytic relation to film. These guidelines address issues both at the level of sequence design (spread of formal skills taught, integration into preexisting curriculum, coverage of film genres and countries of origin) and at the level of individual lessons (choice of films and clips, classroom approaches, and student learning outcomes). Accompanying the presentation will be a more detailed set of written guidelines, made available to instructors at UC Berkeley and affiliated schools through the BLC’s LFLFC website. Download as PDF