One of the greatest benefits of using film and movies to learn another language is that learners are provided with a visual context – meaning it supports their learning by providing a visual framework.

Short Film - Moving Pictures in Language Teaching

Course summary

Porto, Portugal

6 days

Erasmus+ KA1


Upcoming Dates

One of the greatest benefits of using film and movies to learn another language is that learners are provided with a visual context – meaning it supports their learning by providing a visual framework.

Short films can help students understand foreign words and phrases by giving them various visual clues such as facial expressions and body language (gasps, moans, sighs). Films are an accessible art form that can link several aspects of culture, such as poetry, literature, second language and which pupils of all ages are keen to engage with. Moreover, short films are useful to talk about subjects as important as friendship, solidarity, love, respect for others and teamwork.

Movies can also be shown in class as an entertaining alternative to the formal educational experience and serve as the focus for class discussions and assignments.

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Pricing Details

Our pricing policy follows the official regulations on transparent costs.

The costs can be supported with a KA grant under the Erasmus+ programme.

Course fee: 480 euros per participant (6-day course).


  • Learning Together’s Welcome Kit;
  • A Daily Program designed by our trainers;
  • Welcome Dinner to meet your new colleagues;
  • Daily Coffee Break;
  • Logistic, organizational and administrative support from headquarters;
  • Daily assistance and on-call support throughout the whole week.
  • Daily assistance and suggestions (restaurants, sightseeing, hospitals…) – we also have a section on our website dedicated to Discovering Porto (eating, sleeping, sightseeing suggestions) that we always recommend our participants to check out.
  • Target Audience
    This course is designed for a wide range of educational professionals including teachers, trainers, educational and career counsellors, school psychologists, headmasters, school administrators, and staff across primary, lower-secondary, and secondary schools. It also caters to professionals in training centers, adult education schools, higher education institutions, and NGOs.
  • Additional Info
    Please note that the course may have participants from various school levels and English proficiency.
    Course Language: English
    Equipment required: Laptop

Course Objetives

The course’s main goal is to develop participants’ professional expertise by using and applying film-rich approaches when teaching:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the potential of film and video materials in a language/history/science/drama class;
  • A short film can be easily screened in its entirety within one lesson; Film is an inclusive medium, accessible to students with diverse learning styles, backgrounds, experiences and needs;
  • Films are stimulating, able to generate a wide range of discussing, conversational and dramatic topics/activities, therefore stimulating an active engagement with language;
  • Films, generally, use authentic language and therefore help students to learn faster and with more detail, especially the gestures and facial expressions that support speech;
  • Writing in a target language can be supported by creative and interactive approaches to film.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the principles and the intention behind working with short films in language teaching;
  • Ability to design effective teaching strategies for working with film in language/drama/science teaching;
  • Develop an understanding of what the language of film, especially short film, offers to support language teaching;
  • Enhance and refresh linguistic skills;
  • Enrich oral communication skills;
  • Introduce creative ideas to make classes livelier and more interactive;
  • Implement practical activities for teaching challenging classes;
  • Enhance participants’ knowledge, skills and competencies relating to their work practice;
  • Provide tools for more effective communication and motivate different personality types;
  • Understand group dynamics;
  • Exploit useful resources/tasks for the classroom by promoting research activities, using this technology;
  • Improve ICT skills;
  • Facilitate experience and cultural exchanges between European participants and Portuguese teaching personnel, which results in a fruitful international experience;
  • Enhance communicative competencies in English and social skills;
  • Promote intercultural awareness;
  • Identify & share good practices that can be implemented at a local level.

Daily Program*

  • Welcome dinner,icebreaking
  • Meet & greet, networking – participants and staff
  • Week briefing & planning
How do I implement a short film into a language classroom?
  • Some key pedagogies and approaches to teaching languages using short film
  • Working with creative technologies in language learning
  • Assessing language learning using the different film dimensions including sound, image and time
  • Film language and language learning 
  • Film sound and languages – how can sound be exploited for language learning?
  • Teaching with film music and genre
  • Film dialogue and language learning
  • Film image and language learning – how the varying dimensions of the film image can be used in language teaching and learning
  • Exploring body language, facial expression and the image in film, for use in the languages classroom
  • Film time and languages – flashbacks, backstory and the past tense. Present tense, narrating and ellipsis. Flash Forward, prediction and future tense
  • Emaze – visual story using stunning visual effects – makes it easy for teachers to create fun, interactive lessons that keep their students “zoomed in”
  • Emaze’s out-of-the-box templates combine video, sound, and text making lessons into active learning and interactivity – including students with special needs and learning disabilities 
  • MovieMaker, Filmora, iMovie and other video editing programs; 
  • Finding, downloading, editing, and embedding media using a proper clip converter
  • Cut your movie into shorter clips using online video cutter
  • Create a trailer using Magisto
  • Create a mini-trailer time version of your fil
  • Producing a film for a classroom unit
  • Group work presentations
  • Course roundup & review
  • Learning outcomes’ validation
  • Certification Ceremony
*This schedule/ program describes likely activities but may differ based on the trainer's discretion and objectives.

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