Images Can Speak (and Teach Too)? Film as Teaching/Learning Medium
This paper explores the use of film to support and enhance the teaching/learning of Italian as second language at advanced level in academic context. The project examines the nature of the film as didactic instrument, and the manner in which Italian and film can be combined effectively in classroom. Film has been proved to be an attractive and valuable means for teaching/learning an L2. Students consider film an entertaining moment and through image and language they retain linguistic and socio-cultural information. In the selection of the film, the proficiency of the students, the topics contained in the unit program, the range of teaching strategies and activities adopted as support to the film vision, and learning goals are taken into consideration. Film improves language learning, listening skill and vocabulary. By contextualising the language the students can familiarise with the difference of registers and expressions (slang and idiomatic terms in particular). Vice versa, by watching no-sound scenes students can elicit dialogues in Italian by connecting scenario, characters, face expressions and gestures. Ultimately, film is a container of themes and cultural values which can be useful to broaden students’ socio-cultural information, their intercultural understanding, stimulate discussion in class and an active critical thinking.
Keywords: Film, Flexible Medium, Language, Italian, L2, Teaching Portfolio
Associate Lecturer, Italian Studies