Extended reading and viewing plays an integral part in studies at Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher levels.
In an attempt to improve standards of writing, we have introduced the study of films and related texts to S3 and S4.
As a first step towards improving writing (and listening) skills, a film is played in French (with subtitles in English) and pupils answer questions which are written in French. The answers required are generally simple, perhaps even one-word answers, but they are then asked to write answers up in complete French sentences.
The film is an American production, “Mr Holland’s Opus”. It was chosen because the context and content are appropriate and of interest to our pupils. The film and questions are intended for pupils in S3, though S4 may also benefit.
Questions covering all 16 chapters of the DVD are provided below. While the answers themselves are not too demanding and are generally accessible to most pupils (especially with the help of subtitles!), the full written answers in French are prepared in advance – help may be given in respect of particular vocabulary and structures, but the main point is that by and large pupils can use the structures contained in the questions to provide answers.
Later on, pupils view a film, discuss plot, themes and character development, and are given notes (consisting of discussion in English, guidance on writing, and questions and vocabulary in French).
After discussion and preparation, pupils are asked to produce a fairly brief piece of writing on the film in keeping with the guidance notes they have been given.
Notes are available for the following:
Professeur Holland Le Diner de Cons Moliere
Luc Besson films Jean de Florette Les Enfants du Paradis
Les Miserables Les Miserables 1995 review notes Les Miserables 1995 questions
Notre Dame de Paris review notes Notre Dame de Paris discussion page Cyrano de Bergerac
Les Choristes review notes Les Choristes questions Les Choristes discussion page
Dracula entre l'amour et la mort discussion Dracula teaching materials Discussion of Regne (Dracula)
OSS 117: Le Caire, Nid d'espions
Notes are also available for:
Philosophy behind Les fleurs du mal Themes in Les fleurs du mal
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