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Cinema (Film)

The Cinema (Film) SIG, organized in November 1998, seeks to respond to the increasing interest in and use of films of all types (feature-length, shorts, documentaries, news, soap operas, etc.) in language instruction, acquisition and assessment. While video has taken center stage in this instructional thrust, it appears that increasingly DVD will insinuate itself as the medium of choice. The Cinema (Film) SIG provides a forum for all to keep abreast of the potential of this powerful communication and instructional tool.

Topics of particular interest to Cinema (Film) SIG members are:

  • Video acquisition (purchase and rental)
  • Development and exchange of instructional materials that exploit the instructional potential of film
  • WW Web sites devoted to film: identification and dissemination of information
  • Bibliography on film (reviews, articles, books, press kits)
  • Film Festivals
  • Establishing a Chat Room and a Web Page
  • Developing Filmographies
  • Technology and the visual for language instruction
  • Research and publication in film studies and SLA

Current Officers:

Chair: Regina Casale, Longwood JHS
Vice-Chair: Rebekah Bray Rankin, Lexington High School
Secretary: Melissa Quiros, Ward Melville High School

Read minutes from previous SIG business meetings. Access the Cinema (Film) SIG Online Community eGroup. View links of interest to Cinema (Film)  SIG members.

If you are already a member of ACTFL and wish to join this SIG, contact us. ACTFL membership includes one free SIG; individuals may join additional SIGs for $5 per year per SIG. See Membership FAQ about details on adding/changing a SIG.

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