Who said that we have to watch films with dubbing? Who said that we have to watch films with any words? Silent films were popular at the beginning of the XX century and they made people laugh. While watching so many short films over this week, I discovered that I didn’t show you one technique that could be really creative for students and could help to develop their imagination.
TECHNIQUE: SCRIPT WRITING
AGE: – any
LEVEL: elementary +
AIM: to develop students creativity and imagination, to improve writing skills
Divide your students into groups of 3-4. Tell them that they are going to watch a silent film carefully. They have to remember what it is about and imagine what the characters are talking about.
Ask students to retell the story in the groups. They have to try to put all the facts together. Group discussion.
The aim of the activity is to write the script to the film. The groups have to decide what they want to write about, who is going to be The Snowman, who The Reindeer and who The Narrator. Revise Past Tenses that they can use while writing briefly. It helps when they imagine that they are telling it to a blind person so every detail is crucial – the weather, the feelings, the background etc. Of course, you can use any other silent cartoon.
Each group gets the link to the film and can have one mobile phone to watch the cartoon again and again in order to complete the task. Give them about 20 min. Then you play the film and they read the script. Although it seems to be time-consuming, it’s a great fun.
This activity can be used at various levels and it is the biggest advantage of it. What’s more, the film doesn’t have to be English:) Students at higher levels will use more sophisticated vocabulary than those at lower levels. But both can show their creativity. Hope you enjoyed the tips and ideas.
teacher blogger Magdalena Wasilewska