The Language of Movies: Teaching Film Style and Film Production in Language Courses

Benjamin Thurn

2:30-5:00 pm, Friday, October 19
206 Van Hise Hall
Benjamin Thurn
, American Councils for International Education

Workshop description: This interactive workshop for language instructors will present methods for teaching the elements of film style to foreign and second language learners using a content-based approach. Instruction on film style serves as the foundation for eventual student production in the form of film recreations, public service announcements, short films and other multimedia projects. Participants will have the opportunity to practice these skills hands-on during the workshop, completing their own visual adaptation and learning about the different shots and angles used in a film production and the impact they can have on a viewer’s perception and emotion. Participants will leave the workshop with a five-lesson unit on film style designed for language learners, as well as information on resources, technologies, and activities that can be incorporated into the classroom and move students from consumers to producers.

Presenter bio: Benjamin Thurn works as a Media Specialist at American Councils for International Education, where he helps organize international camps, workshops and teacher trainings that focus on 21st century skills and their implementation into the EFL classroom. He teaches Intercultural Communication at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, working with exchange students from the United States and Japan. Benjamin volunteers with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) where he serves on the Resource and Content Development Team. He is passionate about emerging technologies in education, digital literacies, and critical media studies. He has taught in South Korea, Turkey, India, and Eastern Europe. He currently lives in Minneapolis, MN.

David Macasaet

David Macasaet, UW-Madison L&S Learning Support Services

Participate through Facebook!: For this event, the Language Institute is pleased to partner with L&S Learning Support Services (LSS) to offer an alternative way to attend. Instead of coming in person, you’ll have access to a combination of prerecorded audio, live social media video, and printable online resources. We hope these adaptations will help convey the essence of the information presented in the workshop in an abbreviated, convenient package. Connection details will be posted to the Facebook event page.

David Macasaet, a Senior Instructional Technology Consultant at LSS, will facilitate the Facebook event and be on hand to help participants connect to campus video resources.

About the Facebook event facilitator: David Macasaet is a Senior Instructional Technology Consultant at L&S Learning Support Services (LSS), where he specializes in media production and blended & online course design. David’s creative work includes the award-winning documentary, The Round Barns of Vernon County, an official selection of the Wisconsin Film Festival and winner of Best Documentary at the Next Frame Film Festival (Philadelphia, PA). His narrative work has screened across the U.S. at festivals such as the Kansas City Film Festival, Twin Cities Underground, the D.C. Asian American Film Festival, Hatch, and RawStock.

David is a UW-Madison alumnus (BA History ’97) and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Integrated Media Arts program at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Sponsors: Language Institute and L&S Learning Support Services

Contact: Dianna Murphy,  (608) 262-1473