Film & Media Appreciation
In this modern age of technology, we are constantly surrounded by various forms of media. From commercials, to music, film and poems, every form of media emanates a language learning opportunity. Through a refined appreciation of each type of media, we will be able to enrich our eloquence and fluency in the English Language.
In this course, students will be taught to analyse the language used in various forms of media for specific purposes and functions. With this analytical approach in the bag, coupled with a wise consumption of media, students will take the first step to becoming innovative wordsmiths. Suitable for students Primary 4 and above.
Students will have a task at the end of every lesson, they can choose to submit, but the homework will not be marked. Teachers will give an overview and maybe display good works. For some lessons, they will also be required to watch films or short films prior to the class.
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In this lesson, students will analyse a breath of news from various media. They will learn how to discern between false information and substantiated facts from reputable sources.
How are commercials and advertisements designed to target a specific type of audience? In this lesson, students will be introduced to how persuasive language is used to appeal and captivate consumers.
How does public speaking differ from the physical stage to the online stage? Picking up from the previous lesson on persuasive language, students will apply this skill to their own speeches, and learn to captivate their audience by summarising broad information into concise sentences.
The deepest of thoughts and feelings are often communicated through song. In this lesson, we will analyse the use of language in a genre of songs and poems. Students will be introduced to poetry-writing.
In this lesson, we will be revisiting the effectiveness of commercial communication. Specifically, students will learn about the effectiveness of humour in commercials and how it creates a lasting impression on its audience.
Emotions are powerful communication tools. Not only do they create a lasting impression, but also play an integral role in instilling conviction in your audience. In this lesson, students will learn to utilise emotional-triggers as effective and positive communication tools.
Reeling in our knowledge of emotional-triggers, students will be further challenged to analyse non-verbal communication in animated short films. They will learn to build effective contextual understanding and inferential skills in order to capture its essence.
Static visual elements are also a powerful tool for effective communication, but how do we make sense of something wordless? In this lesson, students will learn how to infer messages from visual elements and critique its effectiveness.
It’s movie time! Students will learn the basics of script-writing in film production and how they vary in each genre. We will also discuss themes and messages portrayed in various scenes.
In this lesson, students will advance their skill in poetry-writing through tools like similes, metaphors and personification. Through this practice, they will broaden their knowledge of vocabulary and utilise them effectively to convey emotion and indirect messages.
Caleb Ho pursued the American dream at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in January 2002 with ambitions of a career in Broadcast Journalism. In August that year, he competed against students across America and won 3rd place in the International Student Organisation Essay Competition. He gained a Diploma in TESOL with Distinction from London Teacher Training College in 2006 and taught at various tuition centres before starting his own English LIFE Center in 2014. Over the last 17 years, Caleb has taught English from primary to secondary level. He firmly believes that learning is a journey that should be fun and engaging.
"Whatever you are learning, learn it with your heart, and that will be enough."