Film English won the 2011 Edublog Award for Best Individual Blog. I had not heard of this blog before so I spent a bit of time exploring it this morning. Film English is blog written by Kieran Donaghy. Mr. Donaghy writes ideas and lesson plans for using film in the classroom.
According to Mr. Donaghy's about page there are three objectives for his blog:
1. Promote the critical and creative use of film in the language classroom.
2. Promote cineliteracy, the ability to read critically and evaluate moving images, in the language classroom.
3. Promote creativity amongst both teachers and students.
Two things stand out in the Film English blog posts. First, each blog post contains step-by-step directions for each lesson plan. Second, each blog post is tagged with a difficulty rating and age level rating to make it easy to find lessons appropriate for your students.
Applications for Education
If you're an English teacher or an ESL/ELL teacher interested in learning more about how to use film or video in your classroom, take a good look at the Film English blog. I think you'll be glad that you did.