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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.
Studying literature requires a long-term strategy, commencing with a reading of the book for enjoyment in the target language, no little challenge when there is a huge body of unknown vocabulary. The dolanguages resources below contain the following elements (not all necessarily all of them) to help you tackle this project successfully.
Full German-English page by page vocabulary list (literature only)
The vocabulary list is the activity which will save you the most time, particularly if you are a non-native speaker of English. The list can be downloaded in pdf format for students to flick through on a mobile phone or on an ipad.Gapped summary with full vocabulary
The summaries capture the essential elements of the film/book 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/book require detailed recall of the content and can be used orally and/or in writing.
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.
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/book.
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 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/literature/history related websites, universities and exam boards and we have linked to some of the best examples.