Learning from the Language of Film
Last week, the Sixth Form linguists visited the University of Birmingham to participate in a series of lectures about languages in film. We were split into three groups according to the language that we are studying (Spanish, French or German).
The lectures were very useful as they allowed us to view films made by foreign countries in a different light, and see how these films often reflect the culture of that country. As Spanish students, our group found the lecture about ‘El Laberinto del Fauno’ and the Spanish Civil War particularly useful, as these are the cultural topics that we are studying for A2 Level.
The lectures gave us an opportunity to explore further the film and view particular scenes in more depth, questioning how they related to the Civil War. We also discussed the different techniques that the director, Guillermo del Toro, used and how this had an effect on the overall message portrayed in a particular scene. After we had attended our language specific lecture, we all joined together to explain what we had learned using our chosen languages. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and useful afternoon.
Hannah Sutton, Rebecca Fernihough and Julia Vaughan – Upper Sixth