Since the mid-nineties C&N media Publications has been producing study guides for use at all levels in secondary schools.These guides can be used by the students to build up a Response Journal that will record their ongoing engagement with a film over a period of time. This approach can be introduced at any level in secondary school and then developed in studying prescribed films for a particular course.

The Commentary Series is prepared with the general reader, teachers and students in mind. For teachers who would like to use a film in class, a Commentary can be used in conjunction with The Student’s Explorations as a teaching and learning aid. For the Irish Leaving Certificate English Syllabus we have prepared The Comparative Study Series, comprehensive film study guides which help students in viewing a film and contain suggestions for re-reading key moments with prescribed modes in mind.

Seán Conlan has a Masters in Communications and Cultural Studies from DCU. He has presented at in-service courses for teachers of English at multiple venues around the country. He served on the panel of trainers that gave the in-service for the Revised Leaving Certificate Syllabus from 1998 - 2001. Seán took early retirement in 2007 to concentrate on his work in writing and publishing film study guides that would serve as a teaching and learning aid in the classroom. These guides have been well received by teachers throughout Ireland and abroad, especially in Australia and New Zealand.

Seán Conlan was interviewed for the Autumn 2007 edition of 'Teaching English'. The interview is titled 'A Passion for Film' and is available to read online.


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