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Using film in the MFL classroom

Event information

Film Education, FILTA and the Manchester Metropolitan University offered a teacher training event for MFL teachers of French, Spanish, German and Italian.

The session was aimed at MFL teachers who wanted to know more about using film proactively in their language classes. The programme consisted of plenary sessions in the morning and hands-on language specific workshops in the afternoon using the theme of immigration and intercultural dialogue as the main thematic thread. The sessions focused more specifically on the A-level context, because the current syllabuses nearly all have a film component, but were also very relevant for use at lower levels where film is increasingly recognised as a flexible tool for language exercises and intercultural awareness.

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date: Saturday 26 May 2012, 10am-3.30pm
Fee: £40 (lunch and refreshments included)
This one-day conference:

  • Provided contexts and methodology to integrate films into existing modern language programmes and especially the A level syllabuses
  • Introduced key terminology and film concepts with a view to using them in the language class and integrating them into formative language exercises
  • Presented multimodal approaches for the use of film in language learning contexts using generic and thematic approaches
  • Provided guidance on how to integrate cultural differences intercultural awareness/dialogue in the modern language class
  • Proposed a series of exercises suitable at A Level

Previous Attendees

Photo of Photo of Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson

Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen

"It will completely revolutionise the way I teach. By using and having the confidence to teach using interactive methods my pupils will be engaged, informed and entertained"


Photograph of a Film Education workshop, showing Film Education trainer working with delegates

Our training events focus on giving teachers information and guidance on using film in education. Alongside the digital video training we offer nationwide, we also organise regional INSET days, which can help teachers with any level of experience get to grips with using film within the curriculum. Please contact us to enquire about CPD opportunities.