Extended viewing, reading and writing
Extended viewing, reading and writing plays an integral part in studies at National 4 and 5, 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, though films may also be viewed and discussed in S1 and S2.
As a first step towards improving writing (and listening) skills, a film is played in French (with subtitles in English) and pupils may 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 first film used for this type of exercise 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 late S2 or 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.
In S3 and later, learners are invited to view a film, discuss its 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. These notes/writing may also serve as preparation for a presentation or as an element in a talking assessment.
Notes are available for the following:
Professeur Holland Le Dîner de Cons Moliere Luc Besson films
Jean de Florette Les Enfants du Paradis Les Miserables Les Miserables 1995 review notes
Review notes Les Miserables 1995 questions
Notre Dame de Paris discussion page Cyrano de Bergerac Les Choristes Dracula teaching materials
Notre Dame de Paris review notes Les Choristes review notes Discussion of Regne (Dracula)
Les Choristes questions
OSS 117: Le Caire, Nid d'espions Les Rivieres Pourpres Les Intouchables La Rafle
La Rafle review notes
Review notes Attila Marcel Oui, mais ....
Notes are also available for:
Philosophy behind Les fleurs du mal Themes in Les fleurs du mal
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