Language & Culture through Film Clips


Language & Culture through Film Clips:

A collaborative database project for accessing,
clipping, and tagging foreign language films

With Mark Kaiser, University of California Berkeley Language Center


Lecture and Workshop open to all UA Language Instructors

Sponsored by the University of Arizona's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies (MENAS), in conjunction with the University of California Berkeley Language Center (BLC). 




For more information, contact Dr. Sonia Shiri, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle East Language Programs Coordinator



Friday, Nov 4th 

(location: Marshall 490)  

2-4pm               Lecture

The first part of this presentation is focused on film and the foreign language classroom. Mark Kaiser will discuss a number of social and technological changes over the past several years and why they should be influencing our profession to incorporate film in the foreign language curriculum to a much greater extent than is now the case. The talk will focus on the various ways that film clips can be exploited to teach listening comprehension, semantics, culture (modeling of culture and intercultural competence), and the creation of meaning in a filmic text. In the second part of the talk he will describe the design and functioning of the Berkeley Language Center's Library of Foreign Language Film Clips, a database of 10,200+ clips drawn from 300+ films, to which instructors at the University of Arizona will soon be given access.

4-5pm                Reception, hosted by MENAS (location: Marshall 440)

Saturday, Nov 5th 
(location: AME 314)       

9am-noon         morning session
noon-1pm         lunch
1-4pm                afternoon session

In the hands-on workshops participants will work with the BLC's film clip library to search for, annotate, and order film clips. We will share with each other our ideas for using film clips in the classroom. After participants have acquired a good understanding of how the database works for instructors, we will demonstrate how instructors can create clips from films that have not yet been worked on at the BLC.


Co-sponsored by CERCLL and SLAT

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