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Language is something that we use and encounter almost every waking moment of our lives. Language is the way that we communicate with one another - and not just using the written or spoken word. While English and the Modern Foreign Languages taught in schools (including French, Spanish and German) are some of the most common kinds of language we encounter, there are many different means of communication which also fall under the banner of language, including body language, sign language, and of course, the visual language of film.
Film actually first came into existence purely as a visual language medium, given that the early years of cinema were comprised of silent film due to technological restrictions of the time. Over the years, the language of cinema has grown and evolved, both as a result of developing technology, industry trends and audience demands.
Language is something that all young children will have to get to grips with, and over the years we've amassed plenty of testimonials to the power of using film as an educational tool to improve pupils' literacy skills. With many young people required to learn a Modern Foreign Language at school, European cinema provides a hugely beneficial means of seeing those languages in action and developing a greater feel for their nuances. And understanding the language of film can help the next generation to improve their own forays into filmmaking.
Throughout the Spring term we'll be exploring all aspects of Language with our free online resources, film lists and articles, encouraging young people to use film to explore languages that aren't their own, and to consider less conventional forms of language. We'll also be celebrating National Storytelling Week (28 Jan - 05 Feb), World Book Day (2 March), World Poetry Day (21 March) and Shakespeare Week (20 - 27 March) as ways of exploring themes around language. And with our annual Into Film Awards taking place in Spring, the language of film will be something we hope many young people will be enveloped in.
Explore all of our existing language content below.
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A set of Widgit Communication Symbols for use in an SEN/ASN setting.
A resource to inspire children and young people to engage with the themes and ideas of European Day of Languages on...
A set of cards to support GCSE and A level students to discuss and write about film text.
A resource to support pupils to engage with French cinema to develop language, literacy and cultural appreciation.
A resource to support language learning and cultural appreciation through short and feature length films.
A resource to support young people to explore Scottish identity and language through personal and national themes.
A resource for secondary students to explore early silent films and contemporary adaptations inspired by Shakespeare...
This resource provides a range of activities based on the 1908 silent adaptation of the play.
A bank of cross-curricular activities and technical guidance to support the Into Film Storymaker: The Gruffalo Edition app.
A film guide that looks at Timbuktu (2014), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A resource to explore Wales' history, culture and landscape through short and feature length films.
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A film list that explores films to support MFL language learning, focusing on French, Spanish and German language films.
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A film list that explores films intended to persuade or influence an audience.
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This film list reveals the effect of language on issues such as bullying, internet safety, racism, homophobia, body image, and gender.
Suitable forAll ages
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Professional Camera Operator Peter Berglund, who worked on Iron Man, offers advice to young people transitioning into a role as a camera operator.
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Find out how we'll be using new resources, film lists and articles to explore everything from Modern Foreign Languages to the language of film itself.
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We take a look at thoughtful new sci-fi Arrival, which has an interesting focus on language and communication, and reflects the rich history of the genre.
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This film was made by Mutt & Jeff Pictures and Heathlands School, St Albans, supporting 19 young people aged 10 - 13 who are deaf or have hearing impairments.
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Gil Pocas, Head of Spanish at Langley Park School for Girls, explains how film can be a great way to engage young people wary of studying foreign languages.
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