“inspiring language learners of the future”
The German Film Learning Initiative (GFLI) was created in 2013 as part of a collaborative project between the University of Leeds and Cardiff University. Conceptualized, developed, designed and implemented by two PhD researchers, Elizabeth Ward and Hannah O’Connor, the project is designed to support the teaching of German in the classroom and inspire language learners of the future.
By using film to engage pupils, the presentations are designed to develop the language skills, cultural knowledge and analytical skills of pupils which they can transfer to their studies. The GFLI aims not only to engage with pupils in the present, but inspire the next generation of language learners for the future by demonstrating the scope of German studies at university. The fact that the presentations are delivered by postgraduate students allows for a two-way engagement: postgraduates develop their teaching experience and consider how to tailor their field of research to audiences outside higher education, whilst secondary school pupils see the range of possibilities available to language students at university.
This project would not have been possible were it not for the generosity of many institutions, departments and individuals. We wish to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council for its generous financial support without whom this project would not have been possible, and the Universities of Cardiff and Leeds for their institutional support. We would like to thank Professor Paul Cooke at the University of Leeds for his guidance throughout the project. In particular, we wish to thank the following Departments and Units for their financial, logistical and technological support:
School of European Languages, Translation and Politics, Cardiff University
University Graduate College, Cardiff University
School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds
Centre for World Cinema, University of Leeds
The Staff and Student Development Unit, University of Leeds
The Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds
Faculty of Arts VLE Team, University of Leeds
Faculty of Arts Widening Participation Team, University of Leeds
The Language Centre, University of Leeds
Thank you to Simon Pickersgill, Rachel Green and Adam Roberts for the recording of the presentations. Photographs appear courtesy of Tony Glossop.
We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the staff at the following schools and colleges who provided invaluable support and advice during the development of the presentations:
Bradford Grammar School, Bradford
Greenhead College, Huddersfield
Heckmondwike Grammar School, Heckmondwike
Roundhay School, Leeds
Finally, we would like to thank our postgraduate researchers for dedicating their time, knowledge and skills to the project.