Dinah Dodds (Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder) is Professor of German at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.
Using Film to Build Writing Proficiency in a Second-Year Language Class
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1997 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 140–147, March 1997
How to Cite
Dodds, D. (1997), Using Film to Build Writing Proficiency in a Second-Year Language Class. Foreign Language Annals, 30: 140–147. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1997.tb01324.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT While the proficiency movement has produced numerous books and articles that deal primarily with oral proficiency, little has been published on the subject of writing proficiency. This article describes the writing curriculum for the first semester of a second-year German course, designed using the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as a framework. A traditional review grammar gives students practice manipulating words and sentences while films provide the context for creative, communicative writing. By the end of the semester, all students have mastered Intermediate-level functions, while many can perform at the Advanced level.