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ERIC Number: ED268815
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Silent Film in the German Classroom.
Caldwell, David
In addition to using films in the German classroom to introduce students to German culture and history, it is important to show and study the film as film. This procedure emphasizes the importance of the film as a part of creative arts in Germany and demands student participation in observation and discussion. Many German silent films are accessible and reasonably priced, and they can be shown in one or two class periods. Silent films are appropriate to any language level, with discussion limited only by the students' abilities to express themselves and, to some extent, by the film's visual style. Noteworthy film techniques can be examined, including camera angle and movement, techniques for expressing meaning without sound, special effects, and movement within the film. Cultural and socioeconomic elements can be assessed, including the influence of artistic trends and attitudes toward the United States. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Kansas City, KS, April 11-13, 1985).