In the Valley of the Wolves is an outstanding documentary featuring the wolves of Yellowstone Park. I learned so much from this program! And I think it could be used in the EFL classroom. The cinematography is so rich... and the topic so compelling, I can't imagine kids not wanting to talk about what they've seen after watching the film!
So what do you think? Is it worth making up vocabulary preview lists, other activities? Have you had experience using documentaries in the classroom? What types have been most successful? Is captioning a help, or a hindrance?
In the Valley of the Wolves
Podcast: Interview with Wildlife Cinematographer Bob Landis
In the Valley of the Wolves- Part 1 of 4
In the Valley of the Wolves- Part 2 of 4
In the Valley of the Wolves- Part 3 of 4
In the Valley of the Wolves- Part 4 of 4
PS If you found the videos enthralling, you might be interested in tracking the various packs survival, reproduction, and range data (year by year, since 1995) provided by the National Park Service, Wolves of Yellowstone site. It's so funny how education works- if I had viewed this data before seeing the documentary, my eyes would have glazed over. Now that I "know" the packs, the data is vibrant and compelling- I have to know the story!
Update: The PBS In the Valley of the Wolves site keeps getting better! Here is an interactive map:
I just updated the excellent Valley of the Wolves videos (the original uploaded had deleted her account on youtube).
Also, addedan updated ebook for teaching using the movie BIG - a great film for the EFL Classroom !