French subscription cinema
1. Find out more about exercise typesSee introductory video on home page for detailed walk-through of the exercise types
Studying cinema as we have seen is a challenge as sometimes capturing the message of the film through the prism of a range of senses can seem out of reach especially when working in the target language. The dolanguages resources below contain the following elements (not all necessarily all of them) to help you tackle.
Gapped summary with full vocabulary
The summaries capture the essential elements of the film at the level of detail required at the same time as requiring students to find the appropriate part of key verbs. This provides a quick aide-mémoire of the film when required as well as boosting vocabulary relevant to the content.
Detailed questions covering the full film require detailed recall of the content and can be used orally and/or in writing.
The missing storyboard
This is available for Au revoir les enfants, Les 400 coups and La haine and the drawings are designed to make students aware of the nature of key shots/scenes in the film which may illustrate key thematic/character points.
The character profile tool gives a full range of appropriate adjectives to enable students to describe protagonists in a sophisticated manner. Suggested sentence starts are given to encourage a high quality of language.
Motivation of characters
The motivation of characters tool is a sentence builder encouraging thinking skills. Using a wide range of second verb infinitives students can weigh up why the protagonists act in a particular way in a sophisticated way.
Character arc tool
This tool enables students to capture the state of mind of the protagonists at the start of a film and track how various turning points and events affect their mentality, right through to the dénouement to evaluate whether a real change has been effected.
The A factor exercises concentrate on encouraging students to vary the structures they use for writing the essay, including the present participle, the passive and the present subjunctive. Exercises are given in context covering the full length of the film.
Students appreciate being able to see examples of contextualised sentences with key verbs used in the full range of tenses in a simple exercise to increase awareness
Students link direct speech quotations to the protagonists and then transform the direct speech to indirect speech sentences, a key process for giving key evidence in essay writing.
Essay writing process
List of unused essay titles for practice whilst going through film.
Essay planning and sample essay
An essay plan using a template is used with advice on creating each step of the process.
The sample essay is designed to demonstrate successful essay techniques.
Student essays with comments on how to improve them and in some cases corrected versions.
Useful external links
There is a considerable amount of useful material available from film related websites, universities and exam boards and we have linked to some of the best examples.