BFI Free Online Course On Teaching Literacy Through Film

The British Film Institute (BFI) is offering open online course on Teaching Literacy Through Film to showcase just a small fraction of the great offerings at the University. This course is intended for educators who would like to improve their student’s reading and writing, although parents or anyone with an interest in developing young people’s literacy.

The overall objective of this course is to discover how film can be used to develop a range of abilities – decoding, inference and analysis – as well as expanding creativity and improving vocabulary. The course starts on February 20, 2017

Course At A Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort:  3 hours/week
Subject: Teaching Literacy Through Film
Institution: The British Film Institute (BFI) & FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on February 20, 2017

Providers Details

The BFI combine cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. The plan covers all of the BFI’s activities and is based around three priorities – education and audiences, support for the UK film industry and unlocking film heritage.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

Why use film to teach literacy? This free online course, led by film education experts from the British Film Institute (BFI) and film education charity Into Film, will examine the debate surrounding film as a vehicle for teaching literacy, alongside recent evidence demonstrating significant improvements in children’s reading and writing through use of film texts.

We’ll discover how film can be used to develop a range of abilities – decoding, inference and analysis – as well as expanding creativity and improving vocabulary. Discover inspiring ways to teach literacy.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. The course is open to anyone worldwide, so that you can share ideas and best practice with other literacy teachers around the globe, providing a rich, cultural learning experience.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will applicants will learn the benefits of creating film content in the classroom and how this can be used to aid deep learning, which is more easily retained. They will have the opportunity to make your own short film for use in the classroom, which can be shared with fellow educators on a YouTube playlist.

Instructors

Diane Evans

Works freelance as an English and School Improvement consultant. Diane has over twenty five years’ experience as a teacher, senior leader and consultant and has trained with Ofsted.

Jennifer Johnston

Head of CPDR at Into Film, Jennifer leads the teams responsible for resources, filmmaking and training across the UK. Co-writer of Teaching literacy through film with Simon Richards and Diane Evans.

Simon Richards

As a primary school teacher in South Wales Simon taught right across the KS 1&2 spectrum.  Now the CPD Manager at Into Film Simon oversees the organisation’s CPD programme.

Requirements

This course is designed for educators who would like to improve their student’s reading and writing, although parents or anyone with an interest in developing young people’s literacy will also benefit from the approaches that are explored throughout the course.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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