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Using Film in the L2 Classroom: A Graduate Course in Film Pedagogy


  • Jessica L. Sturm


This article is a description of a graduate pedagogy course on using film in language courses at the university level; the principles and methods taught are adaptable to any level and any second (L2) or foreign language course. The focus is the methodology, or topics and themes covered by the course, and results of the implemented method: student reactions, based on course evaluations and correspondence received by the author. Students in the course were enthusiastic and receptive to the course, and their coursework became part of a repository for other teaching assistants at their university. Long-range implications are further implementation of film-based pedagogy in L2 courses, providing a contextualized methodology and opportunities for communication in the L2.