Using Film Subtitles to Build Reading Skills

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5 thoughts on “Using Film Subtitles to Build Reading Skills”

  1. Judy I am so glad that you also do this. The beauty of it is that students who need/want to use the subtitles do. Students who do not, simply ignore them. Now, this has happened because we do this for all four years of high school study and it is only one part of an entire CI focused curriculum. We also carefully choose the films/film segments that we use.

    We have also found that it isn’t just the film we need to consider. Just as with the novels….if we match the piece with the students’ interests, strengths and personalities we see great growth. If we just “follow the curriculum” with whatever we have on the plan, it just doesn’t work.

    That takes a few years and flexibility, and we don’t always have those…but…if and when you can choose which novel, song, film, clip (whatever!) to our students it is amazingly powerful.

    Thank you for sharing how you used the embedded readings with it. My first embedded reading came from using the film Selena and I believe that the two pieces work very very well together.

    with love,
    Laurie

    1. Yes, I use English subtitles because English is my TL. And I agree with Ben and the others, that when reading/translating in this way there are no discipline problems. Sometimes I just look out at the kids and every face is focused on the screen in complete silence, they’re completely wrapped up in the story. Sometimes I give them the script with blanks to fill in and no subtitles. Then they have to listen to the same scene several times to get all the words, which is just a way to get in more CI and they’re begging me to play it one more time and since I’m really a kind person, I give in.:-)

  2. Yeah subtitles are in TL. They read along as if it were a book, only behind the words is the actual visual movie that they would normally be creating in their minds when merely reading a book.

    The feedback from David and John and jen and a few others to this idea of simply reading to them in L1 as they follow along in L2 is making me feel that I have found a long sought-after golden nugget of an opportunity when reading novels with my kids.

    Each person who has commented on L1/L2 reading, just reading the kids, has said how pleasant it is. When it is pleasant, there are no discipline problems. I have never experienced a more peaceful way to teach.

    It ties in with our theme of simplicity. It goes from one to three pages of text that is of the font size found in Pauvre Anne. It is a gold mine discovery, in my opinion. I will do at least ten min. of this per day from now on if we are reading a novel.

  3. A lot of good videos are on you-tube in little segments. They are really great for this, because about ten minutes of video make for great conversation. Then you can use part 2 the next day instead of having to remember where you were in the video. 🙂

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