Fostering Culture Through Film: A Resource for Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies

Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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The perceived lack of understanding of cultural diversity in the American learning community has led instructors to challenge assumptions and stereotypes while addressing misconceptions. Teachers of foreign languages and cultural studies, in particular, feel the need to redesign curricula and lesson plans to better serve the learning community of the twenty-first century. The common starting point resides in the paradox that exists in today’s connected world; while global access to information makes learners aware of the infinite variety of cultural diversity, it does not, however, make them critical thinkers. For this reason, there is opportunity to reshape critical thinking within a more global perspective, while enhancing the tools to identify, interpret, and compare the different cultural models that learners encounter.

The book demonstrates the theories and practical applications by which instructors use contemporary film to provide insightful readings on diverse local communities, communities that form the basis of global culture. This collection of essays will serve as a pedagogical tool and resource, offering methods and examples of a communicative approach to analyze and integrate cultural diversities, similarities, and problems in the second language curricula, methods that expose students to different cultural models while scaffolding their critical approach to multiple layers of common and specific values.

This work will encourage a dialogue and long-lasting conversation on methodologies and teaching strategies rethought, reapplied, and remolded to the new learning environments.

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About the author

Patrizia Comello Perry earned her Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages at the University of Modern Languages in Milan. Prior to teaching, she worked as a film producer in New York and Milan, producing for Rai television and Telemontecarlo in Italy. Between 2002 and 2012, she wrote for a number of trade magazines, reporting about the media and advertising industry in New York. In 2013 she completed the ESL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently a Lecturer of Italian at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, USA. As an independent scholar, her field of research focuses on the representation of the immigrant in Italian cinema, and on film as a pedagogical tool in second language acquisition.

Elda Buonanno Foley is an Associate Professor of Italian Studies at IONA College, New Rochelle, USA. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Milan, Italy. She also has an online Certificate in Instructional Technology from the University of Maryland. She has published extensively on teaching methodology, on literature and film and organized several workshops on language performance and effective teaching activities. Her most recent book is La Frantumaglia: Elena Ferrante’s fragmented self.

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Publisher
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Published on
May 11, 2016
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Pages
215
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ISBN
9781443894050
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Nonfiction / Foreign Language Study / General
Language Arts & Disciplines / Study & Teaching
Performing Arts / Film & Video / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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