Delta Publishing Catalogue

Film in Action

Teaching language using moving images


Author: Kieran Donaghy

ISBN: 9783125013667

Series:Delta Teacher Development Series

Film in Action convincingly places the moving image at the centre of the 21st century language learning agenda. This ground-breaking book shows how teachers can benefit enormously from the emergence of video distribution sites and the proliferation of mobile devices.

The book invites teachers to experiment with film, and provides:

  • Insights into how learners can engage with film.
  • Over 100 activities for teachers to bring film into the language class.
  • Steps for teachers and learners to create their own moving images.

We are living in an age of visual information and Film in Action takes on the challenge of the digital revolution to show teachers the educational benefits of not just watching but also creating moving images.

Film in Action contains three distinctive parts, which focus in turn on theory, practice and development:

Part A introduces the many different aspects of film: how it can inspire, while exposing learners to a wide range of authentic language, improving comprehension, intercultural understanding and visual literacy.

Part B contains over 100 activities – from an exploratory look at film itself – across two chapters which move from responding actively to film to actively producing film. The activities are clearly and simply set out, mixing highly original ideas with reassuringly ‘classical’ procedures.

Part C goes beyond the classroom into the wider school environment and into a world dominated by visual information, by looking at innovative ways to integrate moving images through longer, more complex projects.

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Kieran Donaghy

Kieran Donaghy has been involved in English language teaching since 1989. He has held teaching, teacher training and academic management posts in the UK, Italy, Portugal and Spain. He currently teaches and trains teachers at UAB Languages Barcelona, part of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has a special interest in the use of film and video, and writes extensively about film and video in language education. He is the author of the methodology book on film in language teaching Film in Action (Delta Publishing).

His website Film English http://film-english.com/ has won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources, the most prestigious European media in education prize, the MEDEA Award, and an English-Speaking Union Award. Kieran is the founder and organiser of the only conference exclusively on the use of images in language teaching, The Image Conference. In addition, Kieran is the co-founder and joint co-ordinator of the Visual Arts Circle http://visualartscircle.com/  a professional community of practice for language education professionals interested in the use of the visual arts in language teaching. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. You can find out more about Kieran and his work at his author website http://kierandonaghy.com/.