I was watching Janice Billy teach a story about Coyote at the Celebrating Salish conference, wondering whether Janice and Kathryn Michel knew about MovieTalk. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t, and even less surprisingly, Kathryn was pretty sure that there are few movies out there that would be appropriate in an immersion Salish school.
I started to explain that one doesn’t need to use a film with the target language, or from the culture, but remembered that I personally prefer to use TL videos, because there is such a huge dose of authentic culture wrapped into them.
But even before we had a chance to discuss the idea, another thought occurred to me. What if, when I am planning to do a story, I recruit actors who can play roles to create a three-minute video of the story? I would storyboard the action for efficient film time. Students would use props and costumes and mostly silent acting to help create the story, and then we would set about the usual procedure of asking a parallel story in class, writing it, reading it, and mixing that into doing a MovieTalk with the story we filmed.
Now that I think of it, my advanced kids could research Russian fairy tales or anecdotes, make their own storyboard and video (on their own time), and then we could use those in several levels of classes.
The videos could have background music, but there would be no narration, and little if any sound (maybe music) so that the teacher can MovieTalk.
We’re a week away from our state Russian competition, so I’m working on output this and next week. But after that, I’ll be trying out a home-grown video MovieTalk. I’ll let you know how it goes.