Drawing on the creative and linguistic resources of secondary school students, our project is centred on a film competition for schools leading to a film festival taking place in Roehampton where the winner will be announced. Sixth form pupils in the South East of England will be invited to take part in a film competition involving languages other than English. The teams of students will be supported through all stages of film production. They will be instructed on how to script, shoot, edit and subtitle a film. The shortlisted teams will be invited to participate in a Film Festival at Roehampton, where a winner will be announced.
While students will provided with technical assistance, the focus is very much on creativity, languages and accessibility. This aligns directly with our experience working with Routes into Languages. Schools can also take advantage of specially designed learning materials even if they decide not to participate in the competition. These learning packs, provided in Spanish and French, will contain specialist vocabulary and scenarios to develop competence in speaking about watching and making films.
Inma was due to present her work at the New Perspectives on Modern Languages Research conference in March 2020; however, the conference was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and she has created the below video presentation to share her research.
Inma Pedregosa (@inma_pedregosa) is Honorary Fellow in the Department of Media, Culture and Language at the University of Roehampton.