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Film, Languages and Media in Education (FLAME) is a pioneering research group at Manchester Metropolitan University established in 2013 and dedicated to the development of research and knowledge exchange activity in the areas of Pedagogy, Languages, Film and Media.




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Multimodal Input in Second Language Learning

The GRAL group at the University of Barcelona is very pleased to announce a symposium on the topic of Multimodal Input in Second Language Learning.
The symposium will focus on two instances of multimodal input and their effectiveness in L2 classrooms: subtitled videos and audiobooks. This meeting will provide opportunities for colleagues from different contexts and perspectives to share findings in areas such as incidental and intentional language learning through subtitles and reading-while-listening, and to establish research links in these topics. The two-day symposium will comprise presentations by members of GRAL and the following five invited plenary speakers:

Dr. Keiko Koda (Carnegie Mellon University, US)
Dr. Elke Peters (Leuven University, Belgium)
Dr. Michael Rodgers (Carleton University, Canada)
Dr. Roger Vanderplank (University of Oxford, UK)
Dr. Stuart Webb (Western University, Canada)

We are inviting a limited number of posters from researchers working in this field. Abstracts of 200 words can be sent by July 10th at multimodalsymposium2016@gmail.com. Confirmation of acceptance will be given by the end of July.

Networking Event for MFL Teachers

The Department of Languages at the Manchester Metropolitan University, in collaboration with Routes into Languages North West, is hosting a Networking Event for MFL teachers at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Our objective is to bring together language teachers and university staff to share good teaching practice, meet one another, and more generally to support each other in maintaining the health of the subject. The event is open to all language teachers who are interesting in exploring new ideas and bringing their subject expertise, including our own – teaching languages through film.



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A successful second symposium

We are delighted with the success of our second symposium with the Transpennine Regional Research Network for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cinema which took place as the ¡Viva! Film Festival came to a close on Saturday 23 April. What a day full of insights from expert researchers! Check out our Twitter storify from the event. We are already looking forward to the next one…

Saturday 23 April 2016 Symposium Latin American Cinemas, European Markets

Hear experts from the trans-Pennine Regional Research Network in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cinema discuss the Latin American film industry and its audience. With invited keynote speaker Sarah Barrow (University of Lincoln) discussing ‘Latin American Cinema and Europe: Beyond Neo-colonialism’ and public lecture by Deborah Shaw (University of Portsmouth) on ‘Transnational Latin American Filmmaking: A New World Cinema’. £27.50 (£7.50 postgrads) includes VIVA programmed film. The symposium will take place in Room 5.03 in the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University (number 4 on the map below).



INSET Day: Film adaptations in the language classroom for A-Level

Date: 20th May 2016

Saturday 7 May 2015 Symposium New Contexts for Spanish Cinema

Saturday 7 November 2015 was the first meeting of the Regional Research Network in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cinema with specialist researchers from the University of Liverpool, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. On this occasion, the topic up for discussion was the rapidly changing contexts for Spanish cinema and coincided with ¡Viva! New Spanish Cinema Weekender at HOME.

Examining new contexts requires reflection on the past: Andy Willis (University of Salford) explored the nostalgia that permeates contemporary Spanish horror film, Tom Whittaker (University of Liverpool) demonstrated how a new wave of delinquent cinema pays homage to original 1970s ‘quinqui’ film and Abigail Loxham (University of Manchester) highlighted how memory is always dynamic. Carmen Herrero (Manchester Metropolitan University) assessed the impact of Spanish political, social and technological change on film technique and content and Duncan Wheeler (University of Leeds) questioned whether film genre of today offers a place for the Spanish musical.

This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a strong and active network of regional experts and we look forward to the next collaborative project.

With thanks to Chris Perriam (University of Manchester) for organising this successful and enriching event.


Twitter storify from our conference


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Webinar Video for ALL Live!

Language Conference 13 October 18.00

FLAME is collaborating with European project Video for ALL and our Director will be participating in a live conference online 13 October 2015 at 18.00. Get your link to the webinar and join the global discussion for free by registering here. Spaces are limited so don’t leave it too late!

Thank you to all those who participated and attended ‘Using Film and Media in the Language Classroom’

The FLAME Research team is thrilled with the success and positive feedback we have received following our launch conference Using Film and Media in the Language Classroom: Reflections on Research-led Teaching hosted at Manchester Metropolitan University 25 – 26 June 2015.

The conference welcomed over 100 delegates including 60 speakers from USA, China, Australia, and across Europe who came together to share their knowledge, expertise and new techniques in current teaching practice.

Thank you to all those who participated and attended!

Video Projects in the Language Classroom: programme and registration

We have updated the information about this event!

Please check: https://flameresearchcentre.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/video-projects-in-the-language-classroom/