Film as Text – Introduction


A short 8 slide presentation for introducing film as text in an English classroom.


As books were to us, films are to our students. Like any text, a film can be read if you know the language and the signifiers that are used to make meaning. It is not enough to use film as an entertaining addition to our other texts. We need to approach it as a medium in itself with its own language, signifiers and methods. This way our students can still learn the important critical skills that they need while getting a solid understanding of visual literacy. This presentation takes us back to basics in preparation for a deeper study of film.