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Storyboard drawn and annotated in French

Film sound and setting in the classroom

In this step, we ask you to develop the thinking you began in the previous step, by extending the single shot or sketch into a sequence of shots. Then we will adapt it into a very short piece of writing, all presented or annotated in target language.

Listen again to the sound clip from Step 1.7 and using the Storyboard Template in the downloads section, plot out a series of shots that you think go with the opening minute of sounds. Don’t worry about filling in the ‘camera’ section, we’ll come to that later in the course. Use the Storyboard Example also in the downloads section to help you.

In a language classroom, you could ask students to annotate the sheet in French, Spanish, English, or whichever target language you’re working with. Upload your storyboard to padlet and complete the next part of the step.

When you have completed your storyboard, imagine you are writing a story based on this opening minute of sounds - how would your story begin? Again, this could be carried out in a different language and you could choose to focus your students’ writing on a specific area of that language. For example, writing in the present or past tense; focusing on one character, or describing the atmosphere, mood, or place.

Storyboarding can provide rich opportunities for generating and presenting language, either spoken or written. As well as scaffolding or illustrating simple phrases, they can be used to support production of more extended written or spoken language using connectives for example, and other language conventions.

When you have completed these activities, post your responses to padlet, and then add a comment below about how activities like these might work (or not) in your own classroom. Are there significant challenges in these activities for your learners?

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Short Film in Language Teaching

The British Film Institute (BFI)

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