Using Film and Media in the Language Classroom Reflections on Research-led Teaching Edited by: Carmen Herrero, Isabelle Vanderschelden

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11 Jul 2019
New Perspectives on Language and Education
Multilingual Matters
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This book demonstrates the positive impact of using film and audiovisual material in the language classroom. The chapters are evidence-based and address different levels and contexts of learning around the world. They demonstrate the benefits of using moving images and films to develop intercultural awareness and promote multilingualism, and suggest Audiovisual Translation (AVT) activities and projects to enhance language learning. The book will be a valuable continuing professional development resource for language teachers and those involved in curriculum development, as well as bringing the latest research, theory and pedagogical techniques to teacher training courses.


Using Film and Media in the Language Classroom is a volume that gathers new methodological trends and research proposals for practitioners and scholars interested in the use of audiovisual materials in foreign language education. It constitutes an updated and necessary reference for anybody attracted to this field, be it from a teaching, learning or research perspective.

- Noa Talaván Zanón, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain

This book brings together some inspiring international specialists with new ideas on how film and media can be integrated into foreign language classes. They argue rightly that language now lives in a world of screens, and show how language learning can meet the needs of learners in this new world.

- Michael Kelly, Professor Emeritus, University of Southampton, UK

In contrast to studies which focus on role plays and drama in the foreign language classroom, this book advances research relevant to audio-visual literacy, especially film, a growing pedagogical tool within the edutainment field. Not only is Herrero and Vanderschelden’s book an excellent boost to multiliteracy, multimodality, and the moving image, it contains a refreshing discussion on latest developments within film, multilingualism, cultural and intercultural studies.

- Maher Bahloul, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Herrero and Vanderschelden’s edited volume offers many useful ideas and opens up discussion concerning both multilingualism and multimodality in film-based language teaching [...] Given the scarcity of research in the field up to date, Herrero, Vanderschelden and the international contributors they brought together provide new insights into a hopefully growing field of practice.

- ELT Journal, 2020 - Jan-Erik Leonhardt, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

The volume is a valuable pedagogical tool for every language teacher around the world. Carmen Herrero and Isabelle Vanderschelden’s excellent edited anthology demonstrates the bene?tsofusingmovingimagesintheclassroom andbringstogetherthelatestresearch,techniques and developments within ?lm and, mainly, audiovisual translation.

- Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, 2020 - Conxita Domènech, University of Wyoming, USA

Author Biography:

Carmen Herrero is Principal Lecturer and Spanish Section Lead in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is Director of FLAME (Research Group for Film, Languages and Media Education) ( has co-founded the Film in Language Teaching Association ( She has published widely on Spanish film and the use of film in language teaching.

Isabelle Vanderschelden is Senior Lecturer and French Section Lead in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She has published widely on French film including a film study guide on Amelie (IB Tauris, 2007) and Studying French Cinema (Auteur, 2013). She is a co-founder of FILTA and a member of FLAME.

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Text

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