Romance Languages - Technology Workshop, Dec. 1, 2011

Topics:  SCOLA and Using Cinema in Class


SCOLA - Worlwide Television Service


Insta-Class - Each lesson contains a video clip, transcript, translation, quiz, vocabulary and forum.

On the Street Videos - footage of cultural events, interviews and people
talking about a variety of everyday topics in their native languages.

Foreign Text - native language newspapers, magazines and other texts from
47 countries and in 48 languages.

People and Places - more than 20,000 pictures from around the world. 

International Radio - more than 4,000 radio broadcasts in hard-to-find
languages and dialects.

World TV Online - authentic foreign TV broadcasts from more than 100
countries and regions in more than 100 languages.  University of Vermont
receives 200 hours of access to this SCOLA service.  The great thing about
World TV Online is that it is all eight (8) channels that you can review
the schedules, download what you want to use when you want, archive, embed
coursework or courseware, use however fits your curriculum. 

Finding SCOLA

At UVM, use A-Z to find Voyager Libraries Catalog.  Then search for "scola" to
find SCOLA (electronic resource)
Outside UVM, go to the SCOLA website directly


In either case, use the following:

Username:  VermontU10
Password:  Catamounts

Example of getting last night's news

Example of Insta-classes


Using Cinema in Class

Why?  authentic speech in real situations in cultural context

Be clear-thinking about your teaching objectives and, as always, careful with class time.

Be judicious in using subtitles.  Although helpful for conveying cultural informaton,

English subtitles are detrimental to learning the target language.

DVD zones - target language subtitles for the deaf on DVDs

Still images

For classroom discussions, composition assignments, quizzes -

Who are these characters?  What's going on here?  What are they saying?  Imagine a dialog.

Pause the movie at the desired spot and then capture the "freeze frame" image.

See here for doing this in Windows.

On Macs, use Capture Me (by purchase) or the built-in screen capture in Preview.


Multi-step process using "Handbrake" (free) and "QuickTimePro" ($29)