The short film My Strange Grandfather is set on a beach, and the surrounding environment. It is a simple environment, with modest children playing in front of the sea. The main characters are a little girl and her grandfather, who is very different from the usual, as he creates objects by recycling utensils and garbage. The story intends to show the affection, respect, and presence of the family in children's lives and the possibility of establishing these bonds with simplicity, creativity, and willingness.
With this resource it is possible to work on students' critical thinking and draw their attention to the uniqueness of people and the importance of affection.
1. The resource was tested by me and a colleague in different free (and online) Portuguese as a Foreign Language courses, from levels A2 to B2. However, I believe it can also be adapted for the other levels (A1, C1, C2). As methods, we proposed that, before watching the short film, students predicted the themes and actions that would be brought in the film according to the title. This activity was important for the survey of actions that the short film would bring.
As result, we could observe that the students liked the activity very much because they did not consider it trivial, being also an independent Russian production.
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
This resource can be used with different levels of learners, as the discussions engendered by the teacher will define the tasks to be carried out and the level with which to work. Although it may seem to be a childish resource, it can generate profound reflections. As it is a short film without speech, the possibilities of exploring the resource are endless. It is easily accessible and easily affordable for both the teacher and the student as the resource is available online. The film can also be used in the teaching of various languages, taught for specific purposes or as foreign languages. We highlight the following specific areas of teaching: sustainability, education, international relations, among others.
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