Using short films and videos creatively in the Arabic language classroom

Thursday 17th June 2021

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Workshop for teachers – Using short films and videos creatively in the Arabic language classroom

This online workshop is an interactive session for Arabic language teachers, community teachers and tutors (including PGCE students and newly qualified Arabic language teachers). Using short films and videos, it will provide a framework for introducing film/visual literacy and critical analysis strategies as relevant skills for the language classroom.

The workshop aims to:

  • provide contexts and methodology to use (short) films and videos at different levels to support different learning aims and outcomes;
  • introduce key film terminology;
  • suggest practical applications for relevant film concepts and integrate them into formative language exercises;
  • develop awareness of (multi)literacies (particularly visual literacy and critical thinking for media literacy);
  • present the advantages of multimodal approaches to study short films;
  • encourage the creation of Open Educational Resources in Arabic, under a Creative Common license, as part of the AHRC OWRI Cross-Language Dynamics Project on “New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy”.
  • facilitate networking, advocacy and/or partnership among language teachers/community tutors.

Workshop organised by the FLAME research group at Manchester Metropolitan University with the support of the ALL.

Part of the “Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community” programme, UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).


ALL are pleased to welcome Salwa Mohammed who is working with Carmen Herrero and Isabelle Vanderschelden to propose this workshop [more needed].

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00:21:33 Hala Afify: Hi All,
00:21:33 Steven Fawkes:
00:22:06 Hamida Azebache: thank you
00:22:35 Milan: I am a PGCE student, glad to be here
00:23:01 Steven Fawkes: I’m Steven, a volunteer for ALL, from NE England
00:23:01 Najwa Kadhim: Hi my name is Najwa Kadhim and I teach Arabic at King’s college London
00:23:04 Silvia Taylor: Hello, I’m Silvia Taylor. I teach Spanish at the University of Sussex. I have come along because I think that I can learn a lot from this session
00:23:31 Bahia: Hi I am a teacher of MFL and have been involved in marking Arabic GCSE Papers 🙂
00:24:02 Laila Al Sawi: I teach Arabic as a foreign language at the American University in Cairo
00:24:30 Eva Youssef: Hi, I’m Eva and teaching Arabic at the University of Zurich and St. Gallen in Switzerland
00:24:46 Hamida Azebache: I am Hamida Azebache, Arabic and French teacher in International High school of New Orleans,
00:24:49 Enas Elmansuri: Hi. I am an English as an additional language learning support at Orchard School Bristol, an Arabic teacher at a language school in Bristol and a GCSE home language examiner.
00:25:25 Fatima Zahra Ahmed Sid: Hi, I’m Fatima Zahra and I teach Arabic with COL at the university of Edinburgh and an EAP Tutor with University of Southampton
00:26:06 Rola: Marhaba. I teach Arabic to beginners in Nottingham
00:26:20 Celeste Seoane: Hi. I am Celeste Seoane and I teach Arabic as a foreign language at Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in A Coruña (Spain).
00:26:47 Sanaa Jouejati: Marhaba.. Sana Jouejati. an Arabic teacher from Toledo, Ohio, US
00:26:49 Noha Mohama-Akkari: Hello, I am Noha Mohama-Akkari I teach Arabic at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, USA. Glad to be here joining you all!
00:26:56 Kamal AlEkhnawy: I’m Kamal AlEkhnawy. I teach Arabic language and content-based courses in Arabic such as Egyptian Culture on Film.
00:27:32 Sahar Alshobaki: Hi, I Sahar, a volunteer for ALL, and a TAFL and ESOL teacher. Happy to attend this event
00:27:51 Steven Fawkes: Great to see Arabic teachers from all over the world!
00:28:07 Noha: Hello, I am Noha Haroun, I teach Arabic through Lifelong learning scheme in Aberystwyth University, Wales.
00:30:13 Isabelle Vanderschelden:
00:32:29 Noha Mohama-Akkari: Can you please show the film here
00:32:45 Hala Afify: you have muted me
00:33:18 Hamida Azebache:
00:33:51 Noha Mohama-Akkari: I am there but it requests to sign in
00:33:51 Hamida Azebache: this is the link for the video
00:34:05 Najwa Kadhim: On Padlet they o9nly put the QR not the link but Im using the youtube link thanks
00:35:00 Isabelle Vanderschelden: link for the film
00:35:03 Najwa Kadhim:
00:35:08 Salwa Mohamed:
00:35:08 Isabelle Vanderschelden:
00:35:48 Noha Mohama-Akkari: She should have the App on her phone
00:36:36 Isabelle Vanderschelden: maybe mute again?
00:37:35 Carmen Herrero:
00:38:05 Micheline Antonian: What are we waiting for?
00:38:30 Abdelrahman: Perhaps the moderator can play the film and share it as a screen in Zoom for those who are struggling.
00:38:31 Bahia: How can I get back to the presentation
00:39:00 Bahia: Thanks
00:41:03 Isabelle Vanderschelden: to get back to presentation click on zoom image or icon
00:45:01 Jumana: 1. How do you deal with the pressures of society and maintain your diet?
00:45:34 maha foster: Standing strong
00:45:37 Enas Elmansuri: being healthy in a challenging society
00:46:44 Bahia: How to look after your health and eat in moderation during a feast.
00:52:40 Steven Fawkes: Great to hear your thinking
00:54:27 Sahar Alshobaki: This is very interesting. I have to leave now; I have another meeting in 5 min. I will be looking forward to watching the recording. Thank you everyone.
00:55:00 Steven Fawkes: Visual also forfacial expression
00:55:10 Nuno: A quick question to the team. Do you have any book or papers published regarding the use of film for language education? If so, please let us know. It would be helpful to understand and study more.
00:55:36 Isabelle Vanderschelden: Yes there will be some references at the end
00:55:52 Nuno: That’s very good, thanks!
01:03:05 Fatima Khaled: I totally agree with you. My students create their own personal films and they have always to use the creativity and work as a team which they enjoy a lot.
01:03:30 Fatima Khaled: They also take the lead of the learning of Arabic.
01:03:30 Noha Mohama-Akkari: I assign a film in every semester for the students to watch on their own or in class. The assignment is to write in English a paper to critique and give their own point of view and write about any cultural differences, etc.
01:04:23 Noha Mohama-Akkari: The reason I teach beginners and intermediate levels, it will not be easy to write a paper in Arabic. Mostly the purpose of the film is cultural
01:04:26 Isabelle Vanderschelden: that is a very relevant type of exercise in today’s workshop context. it links understanding appreciation and critical thinking
01:04:39 Fatima Khaled: There is lot off emotions involved when the students create their own films.
01:05:13 Isabelle Vanderschelden: for reviews the language can be very simple and beginners too could react as to what they like or don’t like for example
01:05:40 Najwa Kadhim: very deep
01:05:52 Najwa Kadhim: I like these ideas
01:05:55 Fatima Zahra Ahmed Sid: @NohaMohama-Akkari could you please share with us which films have you used with your students?
01:06:08 Steven Fawkes: I think pictures and moving picture are great for stirring up curiosity and encouraging learners to ask questions in the language we are learning
01:06:48 Isabelle Vanderschelden: Examples of films are in the Padlet and can also be sent as file at the end of the workshop
01:07:56 Fatima Zahra Ahmed Sid: Excellent! Thank you.
01:09:45 Fatima Khaled: Can you send the link of the film please. Thank you.
01:10:02 Eva Youssef: It’s still the same (in the chat above)
01:10:05 Isabelle Vanderschelden:
01:10:16 Fatima Khaled: Thank you.
01:15:26 Fatima Khaled: I have watch yes the film. I noticed that there was always very close camera to the food because the aim of the film is how the food can affect your health if not used properly.
01:15:27 Hala Afify: Can I suggest that participants use the ‘raise your hand’ when wanting to share their thoughts.
01:16:05 Najwa Kadhim: نوع الفيلم قصير توعوي ، birds eye shot on the food and gathering and eating from the same plate. showing the dancing from the back first then from the front to show the participation of the main film actor in physical activities and awareness of healthy habits.
01:17:05 Noha Mohama-Akkari: The films I showed last semester and the spring one:
01:17:24 Noha Mohama-Akkari: Things Arab Men Say by Nasreen Baker
01:17:24 Hala Afify: The use of music is very well utilized. The fast tempo during all the scenes that involve food consumption, then it gradually fades as if it is too getting tired of the amount of food
01:17:51 Noha Mohama-Akkari: Bittersweet
01:18:05 Hala Afify: Also, there is not much eligible speech at the beginning but as the message of the film is hammered in the words are clearer
01:18:10 Noha Mohama-Akkari: Caramel by Nadine Labake
01:18:39 Noha Mohama-Akkari: Where do we go now by Nadine Labakeهلق لوين
01:19:10 Noha Mohama-Akkari: Hassan and Marcos
01:19:15 Isabelle Vanderschelden: good to see the reactions and the aspects that strike you
01:19:26 Bahia: Camera moves from medium shot to close up shot for effects and to show the emotion of the character and his relation with the food. Also close up on the food to shoe the richness and the mouth.
01:20:04 Najwa Kadhim: I love Bitter sweet
01:20:32 Sanaa Jouejati: the collaboration of the varied elements lead to the climax of the film: the decision to take charge, be stronger to face the cultural pressures. the music buildup the tension.
01:21:06 Noha Mohama-Akkari: You are mute
01:23:11 Fatima Khaled: Very good analysis. I like the way you linked the drums with the heart beating. Thank you.
01:23:52 Bahia: The music expresses the pressure that was put on the character to partake of the food.
01:40:29 Isabelle Vanderschelden: for example discuss how the use of close up of food has an effect on the viewer?
01:41:33 Hala Afify: Evaluate the importance of starting the film with the graduation ceremony?
01:42:08 Noha: I am really enjoying this meeting. Unfortunately, I have a meeting now and have to leave. Thank you very much.
01:42:22 Steven Fawkes: ‘bye !
01:42:28 Hamida Azebache: identify some socio-cultural signs and compare them to yours
01:42:44 Hala Afify: Discuss the importance of maintaining the value of hospitality in the Arab world.
01:42:51 Najwa Kadhim: consider yourself in his shoes what would you do?
01:43:08 Noha Mohama-Akkari: I had same idea as Najwa
01:43:09 Hamida Azebache: discuss the pressure of the community on the individuals
01:43:17 Steven Fawkes: Describe how his emotions change ?
01:43:26 Mohammad Abu Shuleh (he/him/his): ماذا ستفعل لو كنت مكان عوض:)
01:43:50 Hala Afify: Do you think the message of the film is strong enough?
01:44:12 Fatima Khaled: In pair work, discuss the camera shots in the different
stages of the films.
01:44:31 Isabelle Vanderschelden: How about : how does the character show expressions of politeness in his reactions?
01:44:46 Bahia: Thank you!
01:47:12 Isabelle Vanderschelden:
01:47:31 Silvia Taylor: Thank you very much
01:47:50 maha foster: thank you!
01:50:01 Eman Ismael: Thank you very much, that would be very useful.
01:55:38 Nuno: Thanks so much!
01:55:40 Hamida Azebache: Thank you very much
01:55:44 Sanaa Jouejati: Thank you. That was great.
01:55:50 Najwa Kadhim: Very useful workshop very enlighten
01:55:54 Fatima Zahra Ahmed Sid: Thank you!
01:56:44 Celeste Seoane: It was really useful and interesting workshop. Thanks a lot.
01:56:50 Noha Mohama-Akkari: Thank you Salwa, Carmen, Steven and Isabelle!! It was a very interesting and helpful
01:58:09 Eman Ismael: Could you please post the link again?
01:58:16 Fatima Khaled: I was quick out. Could you please send the link here. Thank you.
01:58:25 Eman Ismael: Thank you
01:58:28 Fatima Khaled: Thank you.
01:59:31 Hamida Azebache: thank you all
01:59:40 Steven Fawkes:
01:59:43 Fatima Khaled: The use of filming is great. Thank you so much fir this I great session.