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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: Oscar Guzman, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy High School
Secretary: Israel Herrera, Indiana University

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.

What Our Members Are Saying

I cannot tell you how invaluable these have been for me in my standards work with my district.  I have shared portions of them with my teachers as part of our summer professional development and I am also using the information and philosophies with my curriculum writers this summer.  I feel compelled to thank you all once again for your forethought in providing this amazing resource to all of us in such a 21st Century format!

Sandy Harvey, World Language Coordinator, Fort Bend ISD, Texas