Sept 24, 2021: BLC Summer Fellows Forum

September 10, 2021

BLC Summer Fellows Forum: Film in the Language Curriculum

Nikolaus Euba (German)
Vesna Rodic (French)     
Chika Shibahara (Japanese)
Donna Southard (Spanish)
Jason Vivrette (Turkish)
Lihua Zhang (Chinese)

The six speakers on this panel participated in a month-long summer project in which they each designed three lesson plans for classroom use based on clips they created from the foreign language films in Lumière (the Berkeley Language Center Library of Film & Clips). These lesson plans include learning goals, the clip(s), ancillary materials (images, texts), classroom and homework activities, an assessment plan, and instructions for implementation. Spanning multiple themes (e.g., migration, bi-/multilingualism, generational conflicts, cultural history, sociopolitical issues), different instructional levels (novice / intermediate / advanced), and various languages, they share a common perspective: the teaching of film clips not as cultural artifacts or classroom materials but as texts. This approach opens spaces for instructors and learners to explore and to reflect together on meaning making processes through an analysis of language, genre, representations of culture, and filmic devices. 

In this panel, each speaker will briefly share their processes, approaches, and teaching materials, which will hopefully stimulate others to use the lesson plans and/or create and use film clips in their own classrooms.

The BLC would like to extend a special thank you to Mark Kaiser, Associate Director Emeritus, for his leadership in the realization of this project and to Maya Sidhu (Department of French) for her invaluable insights as a film studies consultant across all languages.

Friday, September 24, 2021
Zoom Only, 3-5pm
This lecture is sponsored by the College of Letters and Science.

BLC Summer Fellows Forum - Film in the Language Curriculum