Dr. Mark Kaiser, Associate Director of the Berkeley Language Center, presented on Developing Student Competencies Through Film Clips, using Berkeley's Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC).
This presentation makes the case that film, and in particular clips cut from feature films, are an underutilized resource in the foreign language curriculum. In particular, he discusses the potential of film as a resource to develop students’ linguistic, communicative, cultural, semiotic and symbolic competencies, using examples from French, Russian, Japanese and Arabic films. The presentation also serves as an introduction to the BLC’s Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC), a searchable, annotatable database of 14,500 film clips drawn from 415 films in 23 languages. The database is available free to faculty at other institutions through institutional agreement.
Mark Kaiser has served as the Associate Director of the Berkeley Language Center since 1996 and Lecturer of Russian. He received his PhD from U Michigan in Slavic Linguistics. His activities at the BLC have included the creation of computerized formative tests for first-year Russian, digital preservation of the audio field recordings of Native American languages, and the LFLFC. Working with Claire Kramsch and Rick Kern, he has been involved with the curricular research projects of more than 100 graduate students and lecturers since 1996.
More on the Berkeley Language Center can be found at the BLC website.