Languages for the Future: French Film Learning Initiative

  • Avril Tynan (Speaker)

Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Public Lecture/debate/seminar


The Languages for the Future project was created in 2014 as part of an Arts and Humanities research project between the University of Leeds, Cardiff University and Swansea University. The project was developed by four PhD researchers: Elizabeth Ward (University of Leeds), Hannah O’Connor (Cardiff University), Rachel Green (University of Leeds) and Anna White (Swansea University). Through the project, we hope to support the teaching of modern foreign languages in the classroom and inspire language learners of the future.

By using film to engage pupils, the presentations are designed to develop the language skills, cultural knowledge and analytical skills of pupils which they can transfer to their studies. The project aims not only to engage with pupils in the present, but also to inspire the next generation of language learners for the future by demonstrating the scope of language studies at university. The fact that the presentations are delivered by postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers allows for a two-way engagement: postgraduates and Early Career Researchers develop their teaching experience and consider how to tailor their field of research to audiences outside higher education, whilst secondary school pupils see the range of possibilities available to language students at university.

I gave a presentation on the 1995 film La Haine and produced additional pedagogical materials for use in classrooms internationally.
PeriodMay 2014