© 2011-Söhne-Mannheims-GmbH© Film Pierre Linguanotto

Cinematography, a more recent art form, is a medium frequently adopted in language classes. But why is this? What exactly can the cinematic approach bring to language lessons and in particular bilingual classes? 
Firstly it creates a link:
  • between the world of the school and that of the students’ everyday lives;
  • with youth culture;
  • with one or several foreign cultures, as well as between them.
Working with films is both advantageous and relevant because:
  • students generally have a positive attitude towards openness and acceptance when watching films;
  • films have an emotional potential (promoting understanding through feeling), and are intercultural and communicative;
  • different sensory channels are implicated;
  • the students are exposed to different situations of communication and can experience them in an authentic fashion, because films encourage both creative and analytical work through the actual experience of a topic broached in language-culture and in action;
  • it allows for the study of a common theme running through two different films which are anchored in their respective cultures. This gives way to a passage between cultural language, and acts as a transition, with mediation as a basis for language production.
As part of a Project Week a bilingual class worked on the theme of tolerance with the help of two films “Vorstadtkrokodile” and “Billy Elliot”.

see Logistics “What is a project week?”

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