PROGRAMA OFICIAL
2012 / 13

ASIGNATURA

Inglés especializado en Cine y Televisión

CRÉDITOS ECTS3,00
CODIGO DE LA ASIGNATURABANGAUD
IDIOMA EN QUE SE IMPARTEInglés  
ESTUDIOS
CÓDIGO
TITULACIÓN
TIPO
CURSO
SEMESTRE
GCTV
Grau en Cinema i Televisió
Optativa
Tercero
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GPME
Grau en Periodisme
Optativa
Tercero
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GPRP
Grau en Publicitat i Relacions Públiques
Optativa
Tercero
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PRERREQUISITOS

Students must have completed the four levels of English for Communication Studies at this university or have level B2 (or superior) in the Common European Framework.

CONOCIMIENTOS PREVIOS

This class is intended for third-year students majoring in Communication Studies and specializing in film and television, who have an English level equivalent or superior to Cambridge First Certificate (B2 in the Common European Framework).

ASIGNATURAS QUE SE HAN DE CURSAR SIMULTÁNEAMENTE

None

DESCRIPCIÓN DE LA ASIGNATURA

The course English for Film and Television has been designed with the input of media experts, according to the specific linguistic needs of students majoring in Communication Studies and specializing in film and television.

Students will be working in English on the entire process of creating a short film consisting of one 10-minute scene. The work on the completed project will be carried out throughout the course but is divided into two distinct blocks as follows.

Block 1 (Lecture Class) – Conceptual and analytical elements: This class imparts technical vocabulary and concepts related to all aspects of the film-making and television script-writing processes, including script analysis and construction, script breakdown, the shooting script, scheduling and budgeting, working with actors, post-production, pitching a script.

Block 2 (Learning Unit) – Creative writing techniques: In the Learning Unit, students will work on creative writing techniques specific to script-writing, including developing a plot synopsis, character descriptions, a logline and a completed script.

This course belongs to Module 1: Linguistic expression, and is part of the block of elective credits that the School has established in accordance with state legislation.

COMPETENCIAS

1. Knowledge and correct oral and written use of English.

1.1 Consolidation of and improvement improve upon the skills and knowledge of English acquired in English for Communication Studies I-IV, reaching a level of oral fluency and comprehension of both written and spoken English that is equal or superior to Cambridge Advanced ( C1 in the Common European Framework).

2. Basic ability to understand communicative production, both written and audiovisual, in Standard English.

3. Ability to discuss and write correctly texts and other media products related to communication.

3.1 Development of students’ critical ability and creative writing skills, specifically related to screenplay writing.

3.2 Knowledge of both the techniques and the language associated with all aspects of creation and production in the process of making a short film in an English-speaking setting.

CONTENIDOS

I. VOCABULARY FOR SCREENPLAY ANALYSIS

A. Introduction to basic English vocabulary for the elements of a film and elements that make for a “moment of class” in the cinema

B. Revision of the classic structure of a screenplay.

- Plot elements: Plot and sub-plot; 3-act structure with twists, goal and counter-goal, highlight scene, dark moment, climax, denouement.

C. Writing techniques for building the middle.

- Foreshadowing, obstacles and conflict, momentum, graduation, suspense.

II. THE PRODUCTION PROCESS

A. Script breakdown

B. The shooting script

C. Scheduling and budgeting

D. Casting and working with actors

E. Editing

III. SELLING THE SCREENPLAY

A. E-mail communication

B. The pitch

Block 2 (Learning Unit)

CREATION OF STUDENTS’ OWN SCREENPLAYS

A. Writing of 3-4 drafts of a screenplay, including plot synopsis, script, character description and logline, with feedback and critique at each step of the process

B. Characteristics of a good beginning

C. Characteristics of good dialogue

D. Effective and ineffective characterization

E. Characteristics of a good ending

METODOLOGÍA

Task-based methodology is used, with the script-writing or film-making process broken down into a series of discrete tasks as listed in the syllabus. Each task consists of a pre-task containing both language and content input; a task cycle which includes planning and executing a real task related to the steps in the process of creation or production of film or television; and a report or outcome, which may be either oral or written depending on the nature of the task. Some tasks are individual; others are done in small groups of 3-4 students. This course includes, therefore:

a

Classroom instruction

b

Individual exercises in class

c

Individual exercises outside of class

d

Reading of texts

e

Viewing of videos

f

Group exercises in class

g

Group exercises outside of class

i

Presentations in class

j

Participation in class

k

Preparation of exams

l

Taking of exams

More specifically, in the Lecture Class, all of the above methodologies will apply, including a final exam to evaluate students’ assimilation of vocabulary and concepts imparted in the course.

In the Learning Unit, the methodologies used will be:

a

Classroom instruction

b

Individual exercises in class

c

Individual exercises outside of class

f

Group exercises in class

g

Group exercises outside of class

j

Participation in class

The outcome of the Learning Unit will be the completed screenplay.

EVALUACIÓN

The final grade in the course will be the result of the mathematical calculation based on the two partial grades. The general evaluation will be based on:

a) a written exam

c) individual exercises

d) group exercises

f) presentations in class

1. Lecture Class (65% of final grade)

A. Exams – There is one written final exam which constitutes 50% of the final grade in the Entire Group.

B. The remaining 50% of the group grade is based on the following types of exercises:

b) Individual exercises in class

i) Presentations in class

f) Group exercises in class.

Doing 70% of class exercises is a prerequisite for taking the final exam. Students who do not meet this requirement will not have the right to take the exam at either the first or the second sitting, will be considered no presentat and must repeat the course the following term.

Students whose Group grade is insufficient to pass (but who have met the requirement stipulated above) can re-sit the final exam in the second exam sitting. In the second exam sitting, the class work grade (based on exercises) will be kept, so the final exam will still constitute the same 50% of the grade for the Entire Group.

2. Learning unit: Writing a 10-minute screenplay (35% of final grade)

C. Individual exercises inside and outside of class including practical work with technological equipment.

D. Group exercises in class

Doing 80% of class exercises is a prerequisite for passing the Learning Unit. Students who do not meet this requirement will not pass the Learning Unit (will be considered no presentat ) and must repeat the course the following term.

In the second sitting, students whose work in the Learning Unit was insufficient will have to produce an individual screenplay including logline, plot synopsis, character descriptions and script within the deadlines and in the format established by the teacher of the course.

Students must achieve passing grades in both the Lecture Class and the Learning Unit in order to pass the course. If a student fails to pass both blocks in the second exam sitting, he/she must register for the class again in the next academic year, as must a student whose participation was not sufficient to earn the right to be evaluated.

CRITERIOS DE EVALUACIÓN DE RESULTADOS

Competence 1:

The student must demonstrate knowledge and correct oral and written use of English. (A, B, C, D)

1.1 Consolidation of and improvement improve upon the skills and knowledge of English acquired in English for Communication Studies I-IV, reaching a level of oral fluency and comprehension of both written and spoken English that is equal or superior to Cambridge Advanced ( C1 in the Common European Framework).

Competence 2:

The student must demonstrate a basic ability to understand communicative production, both written and audiovisual, in Standard English. (B, C, D)

Competence 3:

The student must be able to discuss and write correctly texts and other media products related to communication. (A, B, C, D)

3.1 Development of students’ critical ability and creative writing skills, specifically related to screenplay writing.

3.2 Knowledge of both the techniques and the language associated with all aspects of creation and production in the process of making a short film in an English-speaking setting.

BIBLIOGRAFÍA BÁSICA

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

OTEY, C. English for Film and Television Workbook. Barcelona, 2010.

RECOMMENDED MATERIALS:

HARMON, R. The Beginning Filmmaker’s Guide to Directing. New York: Walker Publishing Company, Inc., 1993.

BIBLIOGRAFÍA COMPLEMENTARIA

Complementary materials include several original screenplays provided by instructor and sequences from films including “Gattaca”, “Bladerunner”, “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Raging Bull”.

PREPARADO POR:   
Catherine Ann Otey
FECHA DE LA ÚLTIMA REVISIÓN05/07/2012