Instructional Design and Feature Film in Foreign Language Education

As an extension of the Film Clips for Foreign Language Culture and Literacy project, Dr. Mark Kaiser (Associate Director of the Berkeley Language Center at the University of California Berkeley) considers the affordances of the film clip in the foreign language curriculum in this webinar. It is divided into three sections.

  • Part 1 considers film as one genre of video texts and the advantages that film presents vis-à-vis other genres of video texts.
  • Part 2 looks at the role that a film clip might play within various learning goals, from vocabulary acquisition to textual analysis. In discussing the film as text, Kaiser uses the multiliteracies framework to examine how language and filmic devices work in tandem to create meaning.
  • In part 3, Kaiser applies the various learning goals to a sample clip and describes various tasks that could be assigned to students to engage them with the filmic text, fulfilling the various learning goals discussed in part 2.

This video is produced in a collaboration between the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona, and the Berkeley Language Center.