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Exemplar WJEC GCSE Lesson Plan | An Introduction to World Cinema

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 11, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Hot Entries

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Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title. An Introduction to World Cinema


This lesson would be delivered between weeks 21-23, in April/May as a preparation for Paper 2: Exploring Film Outside of Hollywood. It is expected that pupils have not studied world cinema and are relatively unfamiliar with non-English language films at GCSE level, or English language films that explore key themes and issues.

Aims and Objectives

To introduce pupils to the concept of world cinema through exemplar texts but also to familiarise and demystify the requirements of Paper 2 in terms of areas of questioning. Pupils will understand, in terms of lesson outcomes, what world cinema is and means, be familiar with exam option examples of non-English language film, understand the Paper 2 exam requirements but also be able to choose their close study film.

Sequence of Activity/Resources

  • Plenary introduction – aims and objectives. Activity 1: Write down a definition of what you think world cinema is and feedback to the group, referencing cultural reference points if pupils have seen or are familiar with any world cinema or films outside of Hollywood. Teacher records definitions to be typed up and turned into an A3 poster for classroom decoration. 10 min
  • Plenary summarising – world cinema can suggest labels and stereotypes e.g. films from third world countries with an emerging film industry but for the purposes of assessment, the WJEC Specification asks pupils to study one non-Hollywood film from any non Hollywood source, some choices of which are non English language film. On Smart Board list choices for further study: 10 min
  1. Amelie – (France)
  2. Bend it Like Beckham (UK/Germany)
  3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (UK/Republic of Ireland)
  4. The Devil’s Backbone (Mexico/Spain)
  5. Persepolis (France/Iran)
  6. ...

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