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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Assignment: From Our Correspondent

This is part of a series suggesting different ways to use Moviestorm in schools or other educational environments. They also make useful exercises for film-makers wanting to develop and practice different film-making techniques. Many more lesson plans and ideas, with free downloadable resources, can be found on the Moviestorm Web site.

Assignment: From Our Correspondent
Create a travel report from foreign country, in the language of that country.

This was created by Japanese students learning English. They were asked to prepare a one minute talk in the past tense on a trip to a foreign country. This was recorded and then added into MS.

Suggested techniques

Talk through a series of photographs or videos explaining what they show. Add in more personal information such as whether you liked it and why it was interesting - or not!

You could focus on many different aspects, such as social issues, tourist attractions, history, geography, culture, food, or more personal experiences.

Add extra content on-screen by using text to complement what you’re saying.

Add appropriate background music to create atmosphere.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • This helps students develop language skills relevant to foreign travel.
  • Students are encouraged to find out something about the country.
  • Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
  • Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
  • Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
  • Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Languages


(1) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

family vacations on 10/23 at 09:47 AM

In the era of globalization, it is a must for all to have foreign language knowledge and language skill relevant to foreign travel. Through this post you shared a great idea to improve the foreign language skills that are relevant for foreign travel, of students. I have few friends who travel a lot and so I am going to make such videos as you mentioned in this post with the help of them so that I can use the video in the school in which I teach. I hope my students will like it.

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