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Iguais (Alike) - short film

Date of Publication

2016

Target Group

Students

Domain Area

Arts & Music
International Relations
Teacher Education

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Portuguese

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

A1
A2
B1
B2
C1
C2

Type of Material

Animation
Activity/task

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary

Skills

Speaking
Critical Thinking
Writing
Reading

Description

The animation” Iguais” (Equals) focuses on the academic environment, the role of the family and of the identity and singularity of each individual. The short film also uses the colour in an original way to convey the characters’ uniqueness. With this resource one can develop learners’ critical thinking based on the metaphors brought up in the animation which, through the colours presented, point out the contradictions between the functioning of society and the individual goals. The teacher can take their students to think about the value of some expression forms that face the danger of disappearing from daily life (like musicians, Art professionals, who are forgotten for not being “equal”).
This resource can be used with all levels of learners once the discussion put forward by the teacher will define the tasks to be carried out and the level of proficiency of the students.
Besides questions on the interpretation of the short film, questions can also be raised about the gender of the short film, the design of an abstract similar to the one explored in the short film. In addition, language work can also focus on verbs that express opinion (think, believe, want).

Case study

The resource has been used by me, with students whose mother tongue is not the Portuguese language, in different Portuguese courses, from level A1 to C1, as well as in a summer course of level B2. As the courses were entirely in an online format, activities like the ones suggested in this resource were highly motivating as they did not require much of students’ attention (the videos last approximately 8 minutes). They can also trigger deeper or simpler discussions, depending on the level of students and the purpose of the tasks. The video can also be used as an autonomous activity to be done as homework.

Guidelines

Step 1 - The teacher leads students to think of a definition for the word short film.
Step 2 - The teacher asks students if they usually watch short films and, if so, which ones struck them and why (and what themes they focused on).
Step 3 - Students watch the short film and make assumptions about the themes brought by the film and their impressions.
Step 4 - There is a set of questions about the interpretation of the film. The students answer them with the teacher, orally.
Step 5 - The teacher asks the students to summarize the short film so that different views of the film can be raised.

Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

5

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

5

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

4

Innovation
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning

4

Transferability
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries

5

Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning

4

Adaptability
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need

4

Usability
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Comments:
This resource has been validated with students attending free courses of Portuguese from level A1 to C1 in Portugal. The activities were adapted according to the level of the students. As the short film explores several themes, it can be used with students studying Arts, Music and Social Service, Psychology, education, among others. The proposed theme -human relations – focuses on a universal and, therefore, wide-ranging theme. This resource is also easy to use and within easy access as the Takorama website has the film available and suggests resources for the teachers. It is an undemanding activity that stimulates creativity, not imposing established teaching/learning patterns.
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