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Why use film to improve literacy?

Watch this short video to discover how and why learning through film improves literacy.

Film and the visual image play a central role in children’s lives and cultural understanding. Using film as a text provides us with opportunities to support communication, comprehension and written expression. Film is an extremely effective tool for education and improving literacy skills.

In the video above, Tim and Philip discuss their work using film as text, with over 1000 children in 37 schools over a three-year period. The Media Literacy Project, was managed by Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s curriculum innovation service in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film (CoF), the BFI and Cape UK. The final results published this year recorded its highest pupil scores in reading and writing. Pupils averaged 4.28 points progress in writing and 4.15 for reading. Expected progress over a school year was an average points score of 3.

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Teaching Literacy Through Film

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