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May 18, 2010

Documentary Films - Long & Short - New & Old

One of the aspects I like best about working with international students - or in international situations - is learning new things. One way to do it on a budget is with films - especially films online. One great resource is...

...the Hot Docs Library. You can see their website at -http://www.hotdocslibrary.ca.

To begin with, this being a Canadian site means that films (and the site itself) is in French and English. It is also available in Flash or HTML.

My favorite aspect of course, is that it is free.

One of my preferences is to show short films. I don't want students to get too zoned out - or too absorbed in the story to talk about it intelligently. I also like films short enough to show twice. Unlike most other online film resources, the Hot Docs Library allows you to do a search by length

They also have a sub-category for educators. You can see it here - http://www.hotdocslibrary.ca/en/playlist.cfm?communityId=3.

You can get a feel for the peculiar world of hand-crafted Canadian music here - http://www.hotdocslibrary.ca/en/playlist.cfm?communityId=44.

And be sure that you don't miss the category of films for and by young people. You can start browsing here - http://www.hotdocslibrary.ca/en/playlist.cfm?communityId=2.

The Hot Docs Library features recent films as well as some intriguing older films from the early 1950s.

There is much to look at and share from this collection. I am sure students of all ages will find some interesting clips - and you have to love the access. Who knows, you just might have a film crew in front of you.

I love films like these. I can show them almost anywhere and I can respond to student interests immediately and,of course, you can't beat the price.

We are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at May 18, 2010 10:44 PM

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