Developing Student Competencies Through Film Clips


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Developing Student Competencies Through Film Clips
Friday November 15, 2013 
2011 Modern Languages Building
Event includes lunch, presentation and discussion. RSVP Here
Presented by Dr. Mark Kaiser, UC Berkeley

This presentation will make the case that film, and in particular clips cut from feature films, are an underutilized resource in the foreign language curriculum. In particular, I will discuss the potential of film as a resource to develop students’ linguistic, communicative, cultural, semiotic and symbolic competencies, using examples from French, Russian, Japanese and Arabic films. The presentation will also serve as an introduction to the BLC’s Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC), a searchable, annotatable database of 15,500 film clips drawn from 415 films in 24 languages. The database is available free to faculty at other institutions (including the University of Michigan) through institutional agreement.


BIO: Mark Kaiser has served as the Associate Director of the Berkeley Language Center since 1996. He received his PhD from U Michigan in Slavic Linguistics 1989. His activities at the BLC have included the creation of computerized formative tests for first-year Russian, digital preservation of the audio field recordings of Native American languages, and, since 2009, development of the Library of Foreign Language Film Clips. In 2011 he served as guest editor for the Special Issue of L2 Journal "Teaching Language, Culture, and Text with Film". Working with Claire Kramsch and Rick Kern, he has been involved with the curricular research projects of more than 100 graduate students and lecturers since 1996. He teaches 1st through 3rd year Russian in the Slavic Department at Berkeley.