The Black Hole

This short film was shown during Michele Whaley and Betsy Paskvan during their presentation on MovieTalk at NTPRS 2013. It is a great little video with a funny ending!

I’ll Wait for the Next One

Co-written by Thomas Gaudin and its director, Philippe Orreindy, I’ll Wait For The Next One (J’attendrai le Suivant) was nominated for the 2003 Oscar for Best Short. I’ll Wait For The Next One is a bitter-sweet tale of a lonely woman being offered the chance of true love on the Paris metro.

French Animated Clips

This website has a great selection of French animated video clips. Each animated story is about 10 minutes long and are narrated in French. You can even find the story of the Hockey Sweater here, or “Le chandail”: “Ce court métrage d’animation ressuscite l’époque des années 1940, où tous les jeunes étaient subjugués par leur idole, Maurice Richard. L’écrivain Roch Carrier n’y échappa point et il nous livre ici, avec humour et nostalgie, les impressions et les sentiments d’une enfance empreinte des modèles du temps.”

Silent Acting

A new blog post by Cynthia Hitz describes an interesting activity idea to encourage a second reading of a text. This would work with a novel or a reading from a class story. First get a couple of actors up at the front of the class. Put other students in groups of 2 or 3. Choose selected sentences (8-10 would be a good number, depending on the length of the text) and have the students at the front act out one sentence at a time. The catch is, they cannot talk or use any props. After they have acted out the sentence, have the other students work in their groups to find the exact sentence that was acted out. One of the students in the group must write down the sentence that they think was acted out on a piece of paper or on the board. After a minute or two, they show their sentences and receive a point if they wrote the correct sentence down.

Source: Cynthia Hitz, Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input