Juliette Bourdier, Medievalist

Using a silent video to make students talk!

Here I used one of my favorite short movies,  L’escale by Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, and produced by Nostromo. Festival d’Anncey 2009.

This form of “silent” story is ideal in any class which encourages critical thinking and writing in general.
In the case of the Language learners, different levels get easily involved.

Beginner level students will be asked to describe what they see. Instructions will involve asking the students to review certain vocabulary and adjectives; they can talk about colors, clothing, and the weather among other. Of course they will be encouraged to learn more useful vocabulary and practice the grammar concepts they have been exposed to in class. For instance in the context of French class: this type of storytelling provides students with an excellent chance to practice their reflexive verbs. More generally, they will then tell the story as they see it…

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