Interview with Kieran Donaghy

kieran donaghy ELTONS  interview 2013

Teacher, trainer and writer Kieran Donaghy talks about his session at The Image Conference.

Your favourite film to use in class:

The film which I’ve used most successfully is To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a beautiful story about childhood, racism and empathy which students of all ages really relate to and love.


Useful film-related website:

The website I use most is Vimeo and I only really watch short films in the Staff Picks channel. The short films are really creative and innovative and I use lots of them for lesson plans on my site


 Tell us a bit about your session:

It’s a really practical session in which we’ll look at creativity in language learning and language teaching, and how creativity can be promoted in the classroom through a variety of short films and communicative tasks.


Why are you interested in using film in your classes?

I love the way that film engages and motivates learners, and I think that short films and short film clips are excellent prompts for both oral and written communication.


What should your audience expect to learn?

I hope the audience will go away with practical ideas on how to use short films critically and creatively in their classrooms with their students.


What are three words that sum up your session?

Creative, Communicative, Inspiring


Which other presenter(s) are you looking forward to seeing?

I’d love to be able to see all the sessions as I think it’s going to a fantastic conference, but as conference organiser I don’t think I’m going to get to see very many.


Read more about Kieran and his session here.



Short and Sweet: Using short films to promote creativity and communication


Kieran Donaghy UAB Idiomes

10.45 – 11.45 Aula magna

In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore how short films can be used in the classroom. We’ll look at how we can use short films to promote creativity, and both oral and written communication by doing communicative activities based around a variety of short films. The session will be very practical and involve a lot of teacher participation. Teachers will come away with practical activities to use with their own students.

Kieran Donaghy is a teacher, teacher trainer and writer who works at UAB Idiomes Barcelona. He has Master’s degree in ELT and Business Communication. He is particularly interested in the use of film in language teaching, he is the co-author of Films in Health Sciences Education and his site on the use of film has won an ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources.

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