Languages

(This is a Preview Page from the Educational Resources)

The following can be used in any language class. Depending on the class level you may wish to simplify or expand the following, enabling students to respond in written or verbal form.

THE INTERVIEW - A big part of Genevieve's role in making the film was to ask lots of questions! Have you ever interviewed someone before? ....?

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How would you answer some of the questions that the children in the film respond to?

LANGUAGES - Part 1: Written or Verbal 

(Suggestion - depending on the class you may wish to suggest each student choose 5-10 questions from the list below to reflect on and write about, or presented verbally to a small or large class group)

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What is it like to live where you live? Why?
How do you feel about the environment?
What do you want to be when you grow up?

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How would you describe your city or town to someone who has never been there?

LANGUAGES - Part 2: Written or Verbal

At the beginning of the film, the filmmaker Genevieve Bailey explains why she has chosen to make a film specifically about eleven-year-olds. She describes it as her favourite age in life and she saysshe felt like the world was at her feet when she was eleven years old. Now she wonders if eleven-year- olds feel the same as she did when she was 11.

Watch the opening sequence of the film again, and examine .....?

The filmmaker considered opening the film with text on screen explaining her inspiration for the film instead of her own voice telling the story. Why do you think she decided to record a voice over instead?

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Can you think of any adjectives that puts into words the feeling she describes? 

LANGUAGES - Part 3: Written or Verbal

How do you feel about being 11?
How do you think it will feel like when you turn 11? How did it feel to be 11?

Did anything particular in the film about being 11 resonate with you? Jamira, for example, loves being eleven, or “number one, twice” as she says.
Do you agree, or do you think differently?

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Suggest students save their notes and ideas so they can revisit and reflect on this in a few years. Reflecting on the same issues at a different age and recalling ideas earlier imagined can be both exciting and useful. 

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