Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Australian Film, Identity and Culture

VU21473 Investigate Australian Art and Culture
Investigate concepts of Australian identity and culture / Describe the features of an Australian Film


Watch Part 1 of the film ...

This semester we move from pictorial art to film. The film we are studying is by Nicholas Roeg and is called "Walkabout". It was made in 1971 and is based on the novel by James Vance Marshall. (We will also be reading the book as we watch the film.)

Questions for reflection: Where is the film set? Who are the characters? What happens in this part of the film? What is the mood - think about the images, the sounds, the music? How is Australian urban life portrayed? How is the world of the Australian desert portrayed?

Assessment Task 1:

1) Download and print the Assignment  (Available to Duke Street Students Only - you need the link address from me to get access)

You will need to watch the 7 parts of the film over the Term. Come to class each week ready to discuss : the story. We will explore the plot / moods / characters / ideas / locations / images of this film.

To pass this elective you need to ...(i) Complete all of the sections of the assignment for assessment (ii) Give a short talk on an aspect of the film at the end of the term

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

Preparing to talk about film

Today in class (level 3) we watched this silent film.

Where is it filmed? Who are the characters? What happens : how does it start? what happens in the middle of the film? how does it end? Does the film have a message, meaning or lesson to teach us? Did you enjoy it or didn't you like it - why?

Exercise 1 : Ask yourself these questions as you watch the film again. Can you answer the questions?

Download the Silent Film Reading worksheet to see Dale's notes. 


Exercise 2 :
 Here is a link to many other short, silent films on YouTube.

Use the worksheet to take notes on another silent film. Use Dale's notes as a model.

Bring your notes to class to share and show your teacher. We will write a review together.


The Man and the Thief

Now you are ready for ...


TROPFEST is a popular, short film festival held every year in Australia (and also in other countries). 

Choose one of the short films from the FINALIST LIST and prepare to talk to the class about it in Term 4. 

Remember to ...

* List the setting, events, characters

* Analyse the film for its issues, themes, ideas

* Write some notes for your spoken presentation



Listening : Making A Film (Level 3)

Jeff and his brother made a film about their journey across India in a motor-rickshaw.

Listen to his story. Complete the vocab and comprehension quizzes.

Watch the film and read more about Jeff's journey across India in a motor rickshaw here!


Listening and Speaking

(VU21465 : Engage in casual conversations and straightforward spoken transactions)

We have been listening to a range of casual conversations, creating and rehearsing our own through the year. You need to write (and perform in class) three dialogues as part of your listening and speaking portfolio for this unit.

Practice and create your own dialogues based on these which come from "Everyday English", a section from the "Headway Online" website.

Some of our assessment tasks will be based on dialogues from:


Upper Intermediate



Here is the term 3 assessment task for VU21465.1 (What to do on the weekend?) - download and print
(You need a google account and permission from me for download- DSCH students only)

Here is the listening text - "The Nieces" - (Mp3) 1.7meg

Here is the script to the listening text (which you will need to complete section 2 of the task)
(You need a google account and permission from me for download- DSCH students only)
Send your dialogue and recording to me via email (you need to find a friend to create the dialogue)


This term we have concentrated on verb-ing. Which secondary placed verbs take the infinitive, which secondary placed verbs take - ing? Which take both?

Review Units 53, 54, 55, 56, 57 and 58 of your book, Essential Grammar in Use (3rd Ed) - Raymond Murphy

Online Exercise (verbs that take -ing) - British Council

Online Exercise (verbs that take infinitive)- British Council

If you are unsure, watch this lesson (both in English and Spanish - but good and simple)

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