113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Teaching Languages and Culture Through Film

Session Chair: 
Patrizia Comello Perry, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
McKenzie (PMCC)


  1. Roberta K Waldbaum, University of Denver
    In my quest to redesign curricula and lesson plans to better serve the 21st century learning community and reshape cultural awareness and critical thinking in a more global perspective, I have designed and taught an innovative undergraduate general education course, “Roman Images in Literature and Film,” that looks beyond the tourist façade of the Eternal City towards a city that it is imagined and filtered through the lens of a number of important writers and filmmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  2. Lorenzo Giachetti, University of Washington
    Intouchables has the best of intentions, but ultimately reinforces many cultural and social stereotypes it presents. However, its look into disability also reveals a language and culture long immortalized (and immobilized) by textbooks, and can open to students the true multiplicities and complexities within those actual, living bodies.
  3. Deniz Gokcora, Borough of Manhattan Community College
    Both English as a Second Language (ESL) and native speakers learn different rhetorical styles in remedial writing or ENG 101 classes. Teaching the argumentative rhetorical style using a documentary on Amish teenagers' Rumspringa is an excellent way not only to teach the mode of writing but cultural expectations and layers of culture as well.
  4. Kevin Bongiorni, Louisiana State University
    This paper will discuss the role of short-term study abroad in teaching language and culture as it was used in The Fellini Projects I and II (Spring 2009 and 2010) and the New Wave Projects I and II (Spring 2013 and 2015). Through these projects, students are able to not simply to study and practice what they learn, through their study abroad, they are able to actually participate in the cultures through their activities on site.
Session Cancelled: