Foreign Film: An Academic Approach

November 19, 2013 / by Rachel Reardon

Mango Writer Jillian Rodriguez talks about how language learning can be academic and exciting with Mango Premiere.

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Many of you are already familiar with the linguistic science behind Mango Premiere, our brand new language learning program that teaches through foreign film. We fused our signature, über academic Intuitive Language Construction Methodology approach with foreign films in order to make movie watching a serious contender in the language learning ring. But, it turns out that we’re not the only ones who view foreign film as an up and coming academic medium. We’re actually in pretty good company; colleges and universities across the United States, ESL courses around the globe, and even celebrities like Charlize Theron take to the small or silver screen to learn a second language. Foreign films hold a unique academic value by making learning entertaining, culturally integrated, and immersive. When selecting the best language learning program for your employees, community, or for yourself, teaching through foreign films is a surprisingly academic approach to achieving long-lasting and practical learning. Just be prepared; when you roll out the new Mango Premiere for your group, they may not be able to contain their excitement. Our tip: put all breakables on the high shelf, and switch the coffee to decaf on the Big Day.

Foreign Films Increase Learning

Foreign films give students an active role in the learning process, and avoid the usual pitfalls of passive learning. A study from the University of Nottingham found that the effectiveness of traditional methods – like memorization and quizzing – actually increase when used in tandem with informal methods, like watching foreign films. Further, foreign films informally expose students to the true culture, colloquialisms, and landscape associated with a language. Bring that all together, and you’ve got a new approach that creates excitement about language learning and increases the effectiveness of traditional methods. Everybody wins!

Foreign Films are Art

Want to get cultured? When you watch a foreign film, you’re doing more than studying a language; you are immersing yourself in the artistic expression of another culture. A film relays social commentary, emotion, and history that is authentic to the country; and every viewing of that film delivers the message to one more person. As a global citizen, engaging with art from around the world is a great educational tool and provides a new lens through which to understand other cultures. So while you’re out there getting educated, why not learn a new language while you’re at it?

Foreign Films are a Higher Education

Spoiler alert: nearly every college course now incorporates film into its curriculum. In foreign language courses, their presence is trifold. There’s a reason they call it higher education: universities and colleges across the country have seen the positive outcomes of incorporating foreign films into course material. As part of their commitment to interdisciplinary studies, Harvard University (heard of it?!) regularly hosts foreign film screenings and moderated discussions, in esteemed departments like Romance Languages & Literature. The University of Michigan Residential College has a Language Immersion Program that uses foreign films to help students tap into cultural points and social issues relevant to the language they are learning. In a college classroom, foreign films prompt dialogue, education, and interest around language and culture. But we know that beyond the classroom, the academic world can be a big and scary place; full of ineffective methodology and movies without interactive dialogue.

Never fear: with Mango Premiere, academia is your new happy place.

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Rachel Reardon

Written by Rachel Reardon

Rachel works with some of the coolest marketers, designers, and writers around to help Mango look and sound its best. She loves bold colors, old books, the Montréal metro, and Star Trek. She has conflicting feelings about the Oxford comma.

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