“In April 2021 GISIG launched Global Shorts – an exciting online film club for IATEFL Global Issues SIG members. Short films are a fantastic classroom resource, and there are so many moving, funny, challenging and provocative shorts freely available online. Each month, we share a collection of curated links to short films on global issues themes that you might want to use with your students
We know you are all busy people, so each month’s collection lasts no more than 30 minutes in total, although individual films vary from 1 min – 30 mins in length. Focusing on issues of social and environmental justice, these shorts might be animations, documentaries, adverts, infomercials, narratives or drama, comedy or campaign videos – anything goes, as long as they have the potential to be used as texts in our language classrooms. For this reason, the films we share are predominantly in English, but we aim to include as wide a variety of different Englishes as possible.
GISIG members are invited to join with our friends and colleagues from the IATEFL Literature SIG for our live, interactive discussion of each collection, held online at 7pm UK time (UCT +1) on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Make sure you view the films in advance – if possible, we recommend you view them immediately prior to our discussion so they are fresh in your mind and you have lots to say. We hope that each collection will challenge our own perspectives, ideas and opinions, as well as those of our students, but don’t worry – you don’t need to be a movie buff to take part (we definitely aren’t) – everyone’s voice and opinion counts!
We warmly welcome suggestions of short films or themes for our future collections. Please contact us with your ideas.