Date: December 8, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

A webinar presented by Veronica Oguilve, Jill Castek, Jessica Summers, and Lia Falco from the University of Arizona (see individual bios below).

See the video from this event below.

During the webinar, participants worked on these collaborative documents:

Download the webinar presentation slides here.

In today’s world, it is important for learners to have opportunities for self-expression and meaning-making through multimodal creation processes. From remixing to documenting everyday events, filmmaking encourages participatory meaning making and promotes meaningful language use within and beyond the classroom.  This webinar follows the implementation of Film School for Global Scientists, a CERCLL project that links filmmaking and second language learning to water conservation and environmental stewardship.  

This webinar presents filmmaking as a strategy that encourages students to use their linguistic resources, scientific knowledge, and digital literacies to design films that speak to the wider community. In this interactive session, presenters will share ways that a school-wide collaboration invited connections between language learning, Language Arts, and STEM. In this webinar, participants: 1) learn filmmaking techniques that encourage second language learning; 2) explore ways that mentor texts can be used to scaffold the language learning process, and 3) discuss strategies for implementing filmmaking in their own second language teaching context.   Illustrative examples feature student perspectives and showcase students’ short films. Presenters offer guidance about translation apps, genre considerations, and the pairing of visual and linguistic resources to convey a second language purposefully.

Veronica Oguilve is a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona in Tucson in the interdisciplinary Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program (SLAT). She specializes in second language instruction, digital literacies teaching and learning, and digital equity.  Her work connects making and creativity to language learning and technology. 

Jill Castek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies. Her research and teaching explores the development of literacy and creative self-expression, in both print and digital forms, in classrooms and community learning spaces.

Jessica Summers is a Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies. Her work focuses on understanding the role of motivation and social relationships in learning and achievement, specifically how social context affects students’ motivation to learn, and how this contributes to students’ overall success as learners.

Lia Falco is an Associate Professor in the Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Department.  She is a certified school counselor in Arizona. Her expertise is in the area of career development with research that explores how adolescents view themselves as future workers and how career issues are related to aspects of motivation and identity.


Participants attending can request a certificate of attendance for 1.5 hours of Continuing Education during the live event; or they can request a digital badge after the event.

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