Manchester Metropolitan University

FLAME Research Group

Film, Languages and Media in Education

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.

The FLAME Research Group includes a steering group at Manchester Metropolitan University and an expansive network of international research associates, affiliated members and institutions working in partnership to further Film, Languages and Media in Education research.

 

Each member of the FLAME Research Group is committed to progressing language pedagogy by carrying out active research into multimodal approaches to teaching and effective use of films, media, visual literacies and audio-visual material in the classroom. Research demonstrates how such approaches are beneficial to both learner and teacher and should be integrated into language teaching curriculum and educational contexts around the world.

 

Research in FLAME

The multidisciplinary nature of Film, Languages and Media in Education research allows for great breadth in the work carried out. Our research relates to Languages, Linguistics, Translation, Psychology, Sociology, Technology and Education, in addition to other areas. Core areas of research include:

Language Pedagogy and Film

Culture and language focus

  • The use of film for the teaching and learning of culture
  • Film adaptations of literary works for language learning
  • Promoting minority cultures and languages through film
  • Multiliteracies, language learning and film
  • Filmmaking practice in the classroom for language learning
  • Audio-visual user-generated content for language learning

Linguistics and language focus:

  • Multilinguism and language learning through film
  • Multimodal approaches of language learning through film
  • Discourse analysis, film and pedagogy
  • Affect, language learning and film / media

Pedagogical focus

  • TV panels and quiz shows for language teaching
  • Formal and informal spaces in language learning
  • Comedy sketches in the classroom for language learning
  • Children’s TV for language learning
  • ESOL / TEFL / TESOL and language teaching through film
  • Documentary, storytelling and interviews as a teaching tool

Language Pedagogy and New Technologies

Web 2.0

  • Social media and film in language teaching
  • Web 2.0 as a pedagogical tool for language teaching
  • Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) as a pedagogical tool for language teaching
  • Online video and audio libraries as a pedagogical tool
  • Microblogging, blogging and podcasting as a pedagogical tool
  • E-portfolios in the classroom for language teaching and learning

Software for audio and video editing:

  • Audio description, captioning and subtitling as a pedagogical tool
  • Re-voicing and dubbing as a pedagogical tool
  • Audio-visual software in the classroom as a pedagogical tool

Other devices and online environments:

  • Mobile applications as pedagogical tools for language teaching
  • Video and console gaming as pedagogical tools for language teaching
  • Virtual reality and 3D social environments for language learning

Development of Language Teacher Training and Audio-Visual Media

According to the type of student:

  • Language learning and film in Primary Education
  • Language learning and film in Secondary Education
  • Language learning and film for Higher Education
  • Language learning and film for adult learners

Teaching and learning resources:

  • Material development for MFL/EFL with film-based materials
  • Language testing and assessment with film and media
  • Language for specific purposes and audio-visual materials
  • Copyright issues when working with film and other media in the classroom

We are dedicated to developing scholarship and publication in our key areas of research, including doctoral research supervision and the organisation of conferences and other knowledge-exchange events. We aspire to grow a national and international network of likeminded scholars, researchers, associates and institutions who will collaborate with us. We very much welcome proposals for MA by Research, PhD and MPhil in areas related to our core research.

 We are dedicated to developing scholarship and publication in our key areas of research, including doctoral research supervision and the organisation of conferences and other knowledge-exchange events. We aspire to grow a national and international network of likeminded scholars, researchers, associates and institutions who will collaborate with us. We very much welcome proposals for MA by Research, PhD and MPhil in areas related to our core research.

Postgraduate Study

All members of the Research Group are committed to scholarship, research and publication, including doctoral research supervision and the organisation of conferences and other knowledge-exchange events.

Currently, the FLAME Research Group is involved in the development of modules for the Applied Linguistics and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University. We welcome PhD and MPhil applications within, but not limited to, any of the following key areas of Research. If you wish to discuss postgraduate study opportunities in Film, Languages and Media in Education, please email us at flame@mmu.ac.uk.

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