Free Online Course on Short Film in Language Teaching

British Film Institute (BFI) and Into Film are offering free online course on Short Film in Language Teaching. The core target audience is language educators, in any setting, who want to develop their professional expertise in film-rich approaches to teaching.

Applicants will find out how short film can help you teach and learn modern foreign languages and get to grips with different cultures. The course will start on September 18, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Short Film in Language Teaching
Institution: British Film Institute (BFI), Into Film and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on September 18, 2017

Providers’ Details

The British Film Institute (BFI) was founded in 1933 and is a charity governed by a Royal Charter. It has three priorities – education, supporting the UK film industry and unlocking film heritage.

Into Film is a UK-wide film and education charity, which puts film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development.

About This Course

Teachers and learners of a new language face exciting challenges in engaging with speaking, listening, reading and writing in, and getting to grips with a different culture.

Research has shown that film, especially short film, has much to offer language learners and teachers, helping them to develop awareness and understanding in engaging and inspiring ways.

This online course will share effective strategies for working short film into language teaching and learning, developing confidence and ability in both teachers and learners of a new language.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Discuss the principles behind working with short film in language teaching
  • Ability to design effective teaching strategies for working with film in language teaching
  • Develop an understanding of what the language of film, especially short film, offers in support of language teaching
  • Explore and use creative film technologies to support effective language teaching


The core target audience is language educators, in any setting, who want to develop their professional expertise in film-rich approaches to teaching. The examples of practice will be drawn from the UK, though the short films we use come from all over the world. There is an inbuilt default in the work we’re drawing on towards French and Spanish language learning, though we will take care to generalise away from specific languages wherever possible. Prospective learners need nothing more than a curiosity about film, the world, and about how people learn languages.


Muriel Huet

He is an Education Consultant, with ten years’ experience in teaching, developing educational strategies and teacher training across 12 countries. I specialise in teaching languages with short films.

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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