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This video is rich in context for language learners. Lots of ways to use (see below). Also, see my blog post about it for further reading about "what is a moment". Blog Post

Enjoy and please comment on how this video speaks to you.... Use with these resources

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Comment by ddeubel on November 23, 2009 at 12:42pm

There are many ways to use this video.

1. Simply play it and pause between "moments". Ask the students to respond in the appropriate tense.
What are ... doing? What will ...do? What did ...do?

2. 5 ws. Pause at a scene. Students either in writing or speaking, answer questions for the 5ws (who , what , where, when , why).

3. Use the scenes to tell a story. Pause at each scene and the next group/student must continue the story using the next scene. Story dominoes!

4. See the "moment" cards below. Play and have students stand up and state what is happening when their card appears. Or play Lastonestanding. Write Man / woman / old woman / old man / child / love / playing on the board. Students select one and write big on a piece of paper. They watch and sit/stand every time the see a scene that matches. Last ones standing win....

What is a moment? Description Cards

Comment by Ellen Pham on November 23, 2009 at 6:13pm
Some of the moments that were most evocative, almost like a smell, such as stepping onto the school bus, were also culturally specific... and I wished I could see what some of those moments would look like for my husband, who grew up in Vietnam. I think you have to love someone to want that in the way I am speaking of, or wanting to know wouldn't mean the same thing...

But I think anyone could be curious as to how this type of film would look if a Vietnamese or (fill in the country) had made it, what would look/be different, what would be the same? For example, for Vietnamese, at least from my husband's generation, there would definitely be a water buffalo, and some mud : ) And something to do with rice cooking, and steam. Because I love and share my life with someone from that country, I have a strong desire to see those moments from his point of view- it would evoke for me, too. If the film were made in Ghana, with symbols of daily life from there, it would be interesting, but not evocative in the same way.

Just murmuring about connections, how they form, what they are and aren't.

Also, I watched the film without sound.

Great little film! Great ideas for using it in the classroom! I think it would be a fun project for the kids to make one of these films themselves, too. An idea for when (if?) I teach in rural Alaska : ).

Comment by ddeubel on November 24, 2009 at 1:09am
Yes, really culturally specific Ellen! Even for me, this is a bit British I think. Perhaps others can correct me.

But haunting and I like the idea of students making a video essay of "their moments" and maybe doing a tableau of it afterwards with words....

I used http://www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/index.html" target="_blank">Videopad to edit this. (it originally has one kind of sensitive scene which I cut out). NCH has a great suite of free audio/video tools.

Comment by David Truss on November 25, 2009 at 1:40pm
Brilliant, well done Dave! I'll be sharing this with my staff at some point soon, (after the report card crunch). Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Amalia Giebitz on November 26, 2009 at 1:44pm
Wow. I will use this! I love the associated exercises. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Ellen Pham on December 16, 2011 at 12:42am

It was so funny to come down here to comment, and see that I had commented so long ago!

My new thought while watching this video- if reincarnation exists, and people can choose to come back or not, I think this is what we come back for.

Also wondered if kids would be interested in making their own film of moments.. an easy beginning film project, fun to share with one another afterwards, too :)

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