The study afternoon included various talks and activities on the film, as well as tips for essay writing. The workshop explored the following elements: structuring an essay, arguing and illustrating a point, focusing on characters, themes and director’s style, building a phrase-bank to discuss films and learning film terminology.
Gemma Curto, Tutor for Spanish, said, ‘The A2 students had a fantastic day at MMU. They expanded knowledge and ideas on our chosen ‘cultural topic’, which is the focus of the essay question in the final exam.’
Dr Carmen Herrero, who is the Head of Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan and founder of FILTA (Film in Language Teaching Association ), led the session brilliantly and was a true inspiration for our students. Dr Herrero said: ‘I love sharing my passion for film with Spanish A Level students at different events and venues. I have been running ‘Essay Writing for Film’ sessions at the Manchester Metropolitan University since 2009 and they are always popular with students and teachers. They condense into 3 hours practical tips on essay writing, a basic introduction to film analysis and a critical understanding of the film narrative and themes. It is extremely rewarding seeing so many A2 students sharing their ideas and interpretations on El laberinto del fauno in Spanish and writing on this great film. I would like to say thank you to all the students and teachers who attended the Essay Writing on Film (El laberinto del fauno) at the Manchester Metropolitan University on November 30. Special thanks to Gemma Curto and the Spanish A2 students from Oldham Sixth Form College for their enthusiasm and active participation. Muchísimas gracias y espero veros de nuevo muy pronto.’
A2 Spanish student Madeleine Howley, also thanked Carmen Herrero for the workshop, ‘The day was so useful for our essay writing – Carmen is such a lovely teacher and she always improves our writing!’
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