Using Films in Teaching

Wai Sum Amy Lee

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    Petrarch, a 14th century pioneer of humanistic education, promoted the idea that to study humanities is to study the principles which make us human, and a humanistic education is the education for a moral self. As a humanities teacher, my teaching aims not only at transferring to students the knowledge of the major great works in literary, philosophical, and artistic fields, but more at inspiring students’ reflective and critical consciousness towards these great works. In the attempt to find ways of engaging the students in class, I proposed to use films to facilitate the teaching of literary masterpieces and possibly for further use in different humanities courses. After the acquisition of relevant film adaptations of literary masterpieces and the design of new in-class and take-home teaching and learning activities, I discovered that film is not only an effective tool to enliven teaching and learning of literary masterpieces, but also excellent teaching materials for a multitude of Humanities courses such as Gender Studies, Language and Humanities, and special topics in humanities. A collection of useful films for various purposes was built from the funds of this project and several very successful credit-bearing courses were commissioned by the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStudies on Teaching and Learning
    EditorsAtara Sivan
    Place of PublicationHong Kong
    PublisherHong Kong Baptist University
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)9789881810557
    Publication statusPublished - May 2010

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Adaptation of masterpieces
    • interactive class activities
    • film masterpieces
    • creative writing
    • values and meanings in life
    • moral decisions
    • humanities


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