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Teaching Literacy Through Film

Learn how to use film in the classroom, teach literacy and improve both reading and writing skills, with this free online course

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Teaching Literacy Through Film
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Discover inspiring ways to improve literacy using film

Recent research has shown film can be a powerful tool to help improve children’s reading and writing. It can also be used to develop a range of abilities - decoding, inference and analysis - as well as expanding creativity and improving vocabulary. In this online course, you’ll find out how you can help your students learn with film, with advice and insights from film education experts from the British Film Institute (BFI) and film education charity Into Film.

What topics will you cover?

  • How to analyse film using key frameworks
  • How to use film clips as a catalyst for extended writing
  • How to create strong narratives through story mountains and storyboarding
  • How to use basic filmmaking as a tool for attainment
  • How to use basic filmmaking as a tool for assessment

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply knowledge of using visual storytelling to aid students’ analytical skills
  • Apply knowledge of sound to aid pupils' visualisation and interpretation skills
  • Apply knowledge of frame composition, such as camera shots, angles and movement, to create extended writing
  • Learn how filmmaking can be used as a tool for assessment and attainment

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators who would like to improve their student’s reading and writing, although parents or anyone with an interest in developing young people’s literacy will also benefit from the approaches that are explored throughout the course.

Who will you learn with?

Diane has over twenty five years’ experience as a teacher, senior leader and consultant and has trained with Ofsted. She now works freelance as an English and School Improvement consultant.

Head of Learning at Into Film, Jennifer leads the Resources, Filmmaking, Training, Careers, Industry Visits and Curation teams, who are responsible for the Into Film’s free educational offer UK-wide.

As a primary school teacher in South Wales Simon taught right across the KS 1&2 spectrum. He was also the Teacher Training Manager at Into Film before starting his own training company - eCoach.

Who developed the course?

The British Film Institute (BFI)

The British Film Institute (BFI) was founded in 1933 and is a charity governed by a Royal Charter. It has three priorities – education, supporting the UK film industry and unlocking film heritage.

Into Film

Into Film is a UK-wide film and education charity, which puts film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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