Since the mid-nineties we have been delivering in-service courses at various venues around the country and preparing study guides for teachers in secondary school. We have produced a range of photocopiable resources for use at all levels and for the Revised Leaving Certificate Comparative Study we have prepared comprehensive guides which contain suggestions for re-reading key moments from the prescribed films with particular modes in mind.
Photocopiable Resources prepared for all levels of Secondary School
The photocopiable resources consist of film study guides which are being used widely around the country by teachers of Art, English, Communications, Media and Film Studies. They are suitable for Junior Cert. English classes, Transition Year, L.C.A. and P.L.C courses.
Each pack contains a photocopiable Student's Guide and a Teacher's Commentary. The Student's Guide consists of a segmentation of the film into units of 10-15 minutes duration. This facilitates work in the normal class period of 35-40 minutes. There are a series of questions for each sequence that guide the viewing of the students and encourage them to keep a personal Response Journal.
The Teacher's Commentary is a separate booklet which covers issues raised in the guide. Teachers and students have found these guides very helpful in their work on film.
Many schools are using them as an introduction to the study of film in their First Year Plan.
Each pack is priced @ € 30 + € 1 p&p.
Titles available at the moment are as follows:
|» Billy Elliot||Stephen Daldry|
|» The Field||Jim Sheridan|
|» To Kill A Mockingbird||Robert Mulligan|
|» Into The West||Mike Newell|
|» The Outsiders||F.F. Coppola|
|» The Searchers||John Ford|
|» The Birds||Alfred Hitchcock|
|» Shane||George Stevens|
Titles prepared for the Leaving Certificate English Comparative Study
For the Leaving Certificate English syllabus we have produced a series of Study Guides for students that facilitate the use of film as an option in the Comparative Study. Each guide has a detailed semiological analysis of the film, scene by scene, and contains suggestions for work in each of the modes prescribed for the examination.
These are available by post (in class sets only, please) and cost €4.95 (the 2003 price) each. See our special offer for more details.
A very helpful Teacher's Commentary comes free with each class set ordered and Postage is free. A free Study Guide is supplied for the teacher with an order of 20 or more.
Titles available at the moment are:
|» Citizen Kane||Orson Welles|
|» The King's Speech||Tom Hooper|
|» Blade Runner: The Final Cut||Ridley Scott|
|» Garage||Lenny Abrahamson|
|» Children of Men||Alfonso Cuarón|
|» The Constant Gardener||Fernando Meirelles|
|» Casablanca||Michael Curtiz|
|» I'm Not Scared||Gabriele Salvatores|
|» Inside I'm Dancing||Damien O'Donnell|
|» The Truman Show||Peter Weir|
|» Witness||Peter Weir|
|» Cinema Paradiso||Giuseppe Tornatore|
|» Strictly Ballroom||Baz Luhrmann|
|» My Left Foot||Jim Sheridan|
|» A Room With A View||James Ivory|
» 12 Angry Men
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The C&N Methodology
- Students view the film in its entirety (3/4 class periods)
- The film is divided into about ten sequences of roughly ten minutes duration
- Students read the questions in their notes to guide their viewing
- Students view the film for the second time sequence by sequence
- Classroom work and discussion
- Written homework can be set on the questions in the notes. This can be built up into a personal response journal
A final project can be delivered by compiling these responses and adding chapters on Characterisation, Themes, Imagery, Social Setting etc. or, in the case of the Comparative Study, an essay can be set on a particular mode.
If you'd like to view some samples of our method choose from any of the extracts on the left of the screen at the top of this page.