As the film is more than 90 minutes long, it may be a good idea to watch it scene by scene.
Led-in-activity/warmer: The teacher elicits information on the students’ knowledge of Slovakian vocabulary in connection with schools, school subjects, school activities, school equipment, etc. This may encourage students to use Slovakian.
Step 1: Pre-listening activity. The teacher discusses and explains the expressions and words in each scene that the students may not be familiar with. The students are given worksheets containing questions, or true or false statements, etc. related to each scene. They read them carefully.
Step 2: Listening activity. The students do the given task. The teacher has to make sure that the students can hear everything without any interferences. If necessary, they can watch a scene twice.
Step 3: Post-listening activity. The answers are discussed and explained after each scene while practicing speaking skills. If necessary, the relevant parts can be watched again to clarify misunderstandings.
Step 4: Open discussion. The students have the opportunity to express their own ideas, opinions orally and they can write a comparative essay about traditional schools and Summerhill School based on this discussion.
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students
The provided tangible improvements
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries
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
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
Using films in classrooms is highly effective, innovative in nature and popular among language teachers and language learners as well. It does not require much preparation while most students find carefully selected authentic films motivating and interesting. It contains many technical vocabulary items and information about Summerhill School, so students can benefit a lot from it. It is relatively easy to apply this particular resource in different countries as it was dubbed into many languages or was subtitled (e.g. in Hungary). Adding subtitles to the film and asking simpler questions can make it possible to use this material with students whose Slovakian is at B2 level. Assessment can be aimed at the vocabulary, the topic itself (i.e. what students have learnt about Summerhill School), the comparative essay or their oral performance in the open discussion. The film is accessible on YouTube and can be downloaded easily.
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