Educational Foreign Films

Written by Serena Berger
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Educational foreign films are often the best way to share language, culture, or history with students in a classroom setting, or even with your own children at home. While these things can be quite dry in a book and most students get easily tired and distracted in class, films capture the attention and imagination, and in so doing, better convey a message. If you are a teacher, you should strongly consider incorporating educational foreign films into your curriculum.

Teaching Educational Foreign Films

Some educational foreign films are made specifically for pedagogical purposes. Language tutorials, in particular, are designed to complement classroom learning, in some cases with exercises, and in some cases with features which only use language at the level of the class. Beginning and Intermediate classes would not be ready to watch a motion picture, but could watch a feature on some aspect of culture told in language difficult enough to challenge them but not so difficult or quickly spoken as to elude them.

Advanced language classes may enjoy watching foreign films in the classroom setting. In that case, you can choose among any of the films in the language, without a need to find overtly educational content. You may also want to encourage your students to write papers about foreign language films or television, as that is likely to capture their interest and inspire better work.

Finally, you may want to show political or historical foreign films if you are teaching history or culture. While American books or films may be "unbiased," it is only fair to balance the American perspective with that of the people who are more intimately involved with an event of belief system. In any of these cases, you should be able to find the best foreign language films for educational purposes on the Internet, which offers the widest selection you can possibly find.

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