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From Students: 

“The idea of learning through films is the best part of the class. You are learning without realizing it. I had a lot of fun.”

 
“For the first time, my mind opened to foreign cultures and stimulated me to learn like I never did before.”
 
“I felt that these movies helped me understand better than any teacher or person, what life is like in different countries.”
 
“All these films revolve around thematic struggles that strengthen the universal resilience of the human spirit. After viewing all these films and participating in activities, I better understand this.”
 
“Without the class, I would have never had the chance to discover and learn from these life enriching films.”
 
“I greatly enjoyed the curriculum and felt that it opened my eyes to a broad spectrum of issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.”
 
“With our newly learned knowledge and our developing sense of global awareness, we can now move on into the adult world and strive to fix the problems that plague our world.”
 
“I have become more informed in foreign affairs so I can listen to the opposing sides and remain neutral and unbiased. What I take away is a lesson on humanity. If we do not care for each other, then we cannot care for ourselves and will never grow to become better people.”
 
“Part of the reason why I enjoyed these movies is because they were real. I learned that it is possible to change the world with a single voice.
 
“We got to travel to places we would never ordinarily go to and learn about worldly issues that would not be possible in other classes.”
 
“Before taking this course, I was ignorant of the things going on around the world. I’ve learned more about global issues as well as historical events that have happened. I was able to see the events through the protagonists’ eyes.”
 
“Throughout the year it has grown into a class that I really enjoy and love to come to. Our student population is submersed in visual imagery. Why not help students to see - see the people around them, see the world around them, see themselves? “
 
“This program has been a gift to us.”
 
From Their Teachers: 

“After viewing these films with my class and observing the discussions, I have never seen a more intellectually engaged group of students.One of the most remarkable aspects of this program is that my students are learning so much, not only through the films and literature, but also through their peers. “
 
“Our student population is submersed in visual imagery. Why not help students to see - see the people around them, see the world around them, see themselves?”

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"This program has given me the opportunity to think outside of the box and in different ways than in a conventional classroom environment. I greatly enjoyed the curriculum and felt that it opened my eyes to a broad spectrum of issues that would otherwise go unnoticed."

"This year I have had the honor to participate in a class unlike any other. Through the various films that we saw in class, I learned that there is not only one way for a director or writer or creative mind to express themselves."

"With our newly learned knowledge and our developing sense of global awareness, we can now move on into the adult world and strive to fix the problems that plague our world."

"There is a long list of things I have learned and I am sure there is more to learn and I am excited to learn them."

"I felt that these movies helped me understand better than any teacher or person, what life is like in different countries."

"The goal of the Morgan Stanley seminar in "Global Economics" is to give students an understanding of the global marketplace, to learn more about the world of finance, activities in Emerging Markets, and to explain that the firm seeks out growing economies and studies them in order to understand the risks and rewards of doing business there."

"I have become more informed in foreign affairs and so I can listen to the opposing sides and remain neutral and unbiased. What I most strongly take away is a lesson on humanity. If we do not care for each other, then we cannot care for ourselves and will never grow to become better people."

"We got to travel to places we would never ordinarily go to. And to listen to top professionals at Morgan Stanley, an opportunity that would have never come about if it weren't for this program."

"For the first time, my mind opened to foreign cultures and stimulated me to learn like I never did before."

"As the years pass, Global Voices will metamorphosis into a popular class that students will be lining up to take. This program has been a gift to us."

"After viewing these films with my class and observing the discussions, I have never seen a more intellectually engaged group of students. One of the most remarkable aspects of this program is that my students are learning so much, not only through the films and literature, but also through their peers. "

"Before taking this course, I was ignorant of the things going on around the world."

"I've learned more about global issues as well as historical events that have happened. I was able to see the events through the protagonists' eyes."

"Throughout the year it has grown into a class that I really enjoy and love to come to."

"Our student population is submersed in visual imagery. Why not help students to see – see the people around them, see the world around them, see themselves? "

"Without the class, I would have never had the chance to discover and learn from these life enriching films."

"All these films revolve around thematic struggles that strengthen the universal resilience of the human spirit. After viewing all these films and participating in activities, this is what I will take away from Global Voices Through."

"The idea of learning through films is the best part of the class. You are learning with realizing it. I had a lot of fun."

"This program has helped me grow as a student and as an individual. I have been able to learn about the world through films and not long lectures."

"Often high school students can be hard to please, but during their trip to the Tolerance center all were fully engaged, to their own surprise. The Tolerance Center's program grabs students' attention with its savvy use of visual presentation, technology and active learning mechanisms."

"I have been transposed to countries I never imagined before. I hope more students will be given the opportunity to learn through this wonderful program."

"We learned about worldly issues in ways that would not be possible in most classes."

"I value this class very much because Global Voices Through Film is not a common class that can be found in the schedule of any student."

"Global Voices for me was more than a class. It was a year full of challenges, new experiences, and lessons that made us aware about the truth of some economic/social issues."

"Part of the reason why I enjoyed these movies, is because they were real. I learned that it is possible to change the world with a single voice and it inspires me to join in the effort to fight global problems."

"I feel, at times, in school I'm never really challenged how I should be, but this program does it for me. I get to express my opinions freely. I will remember this class forever."

 

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December 5, 2010
Dr. Roberta Seret
Professional English Course


Dear Dr. Seret,

As the end of the Professional English Course for the UN is approaching, I would like to thank you so much for your very interesting lessons.

I would also like to stress that I particularly enjoyed your approach and the use of films for English as a Second Language.

I found learning through films most effective for the following three reasons.

1. I really enjoyed viewing the films you choose for this course, because each of them focused on a different country and topic. It was interesting analyzing this films along with all the background information you provided for us

2. about the countries themselves and about the making of the films, which in many aspects is often closely related to the historical and political situation many countries are facing.

3. I found it challenging to talk about the films in class. It helped me to improve my vocabulary, while debating about issues which are of general interest and global importance, like poverty or the situation of women.

My speaking skills also profited from this, because recalling the images and dialogs of the films and analyzing them is a good exercise for everyday life – it is much more immediate than for example talking about a written text.

In our world today new medias and images play a growing role – and films certainly are an important part of our culture which should not be ignored, but a part of our learning process too. Last but not least I really enjoyed the course, it was amusing and always interesting, and I learned very much.

Yours sincerely,
Laura Pagnotta (Mission of Italy)


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To Whom It May Concern,

Having had the privilege of being a student of Prof Roberta Seret, I have come to realize the creative potential of foreign films as a medium to learn English as Secondary Language (ESL). ESL through foreign films is, indeed, an innovative pedagogy that must be propagated and practiced widely. Prof Roberta has mastered the art and technique of this tool with some authority.

My 5 year old daughter attends ESL classes at school. I have personally attended workshops at her school to understand as to how ESL learning and teaching is made an enjoyable experience for the children. Prof Roberta's technique of making students learn English through the medium of cinema is very similar to the method used in my daughter's school. Her teaching tools and approach is geared to make people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds understand the nuances of English language in a way that they overcome their inhibitions and contextual limitations of their cultural understanding in an effortless manner.

At school, the first thing the children do is to work with pictures and then go on to build basic vocabulary. In Prof Roberta's class foreign films become the visual medium and the subtitles make for learning new words.

The varied visual context and appeal of cinema provide a large canvass of ideas, perceptions, situations and landscapes for students to absorb and understand facets of life, and through them build their language skills.

The subtitles help the students to link the activity in the film with appropriate language formulations. This thought provoking exercise compels them to pick up the language and its vocabulary along the way.

I had heard about Prof Roberta's program from someone who had not undergone English medium education and found the program to be of immense benefit. I must truly admit that the main objective for me to join the class was not to learn English, which has been my medium of study since kindergarten, but my interest in Cinema. On the other hand, my colleagues joined the classes to learn English. Within weeks, they started to interact and become so much a part of our discussion in the class. The once feeble and almost inaudible voice soon transformed into confident, clear and loud expressions. It is amazing to see that in a short span of time the class group was able to learn English, be confident and hold their ground on any subject.

I am sure this innovative pedagogy of learning ESL through the magic of celluloid under the guidance and initiative of Prof Roberta will have greater success in future.
Regards,Dr.Abha Jaiswal (Mission of India)


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Good morning Dr.Seret

Let me express that it was an excellent class and I've learned a lot not just the language but a lot of things. And I also spent a very useful time with a very nice classmates.
Thank you

Truly
Ali Almakhadi (Yemen Mission)



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Hi Roberta,

As a high school student, I can provide an interesting point of view regarding International Cinema Education. The program moves education in the right direction because it is responsive to student wants and needs. The "Cinema Education" aspect of the program is a long-overdue addition to American education. Films are an important part of our cultural heritage. The leaders of tomorrow need to be literate in film, a powerful symposium of images, sound, and thoughts. The "International" component of the program plays into the new world order that globalization creates. The much-hyped transnational mindset of entrepreneurs and newsmakers is what education needs to communicate. I have especially enjoyed the trips to foreign missions and companies such as Morgan Stanley.

Students like me sign up for the program because they are interested. That's success. ICE will only grow and continue to blaze trails.

I often get the sense that ICE is destined for great things. Take note, for this is the genesis of paradigm shift. This is the start of something.

Best,
George Rosa, Member of Youth Board, International Cinema Education, 2008-10

 

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