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ERIC Number: ED459468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Watching with New Eyes: Broadening the English Curriculum through Cinema Studies.
Chipman, Bruce
One educator's interdisciplinary interests in literature, film, and culture studies led him to the establishment of "Film Study," an upper school English course in which students develop a sense of "film literacy" through detailed "reading" of visual images; in addition, students evolve a working critical vocabulary while writing about film. Additional courses on film genres and on outstanding filmmakers were developed and added over time. The educator's commitment to continued instruction in cinema as an effective means to teach good critical thinking and writing skills as well as a way to expand and "recreate" the notion of literacy in the context of technological change led him to approach film "as film" and not merely as a supplement to literary study. This requires that cinema be seen as a separate entity requiring a new critical "language of film" and new analytical perspectives. The three courses developed and implemented by this paper's author/educator--"Film Study,""American Cinema/American Culture," and "Special Studies in Cinema: Hitchcock"--are outlined in detail. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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