New talent impresses at Learning on Screen Awards

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"Two days ago I was at lunch, sat next to a documentary maker from New York City. [...] He complained that the events he was touring were full of “dreadful” films made by students and other amateurs who had never learned the basic rules of filmmaking. He concluded that we are witnessing the death of the “proper” documentary as “everybody thinks they can make a film”.

He was clearly not at the Learning on Screen Awards last week."

In our latest blog, DLA Co-Founder Adam Salkeld reflects upon the impressive talent at this year's Learning on Screen Awards. Read it here.

DLA has won a Learning on Screen Award

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We're delighted to announce that DLA has won a Learning on Screen Award.

The Learning on Screen Awards are the UK’s only celebration of film and media in education and research. DLA was nominated in the Archive category for a short piece called Memory, which we created in partnership with ITN Productions Education.

The video was created using authentic material from Granada Television's groundbreaking Up series, which began its unique run in 1964 with the original Seven Up film.

The series has followed a group of 14 young people throughout their lives, starting when they were seven year-old schoolchildren. The series continues to be produced regularly. The most recent instalment, 56 Up, aired in 2012 and production is due to begin on the next series in late 2018.

DLA remastered the series to meet learning goals for an ELT publishing client, levelling the material with bespoke narration and a carefully constructed selection of moments from the show's extensive archive. The final asset runs at a little over three minutes and will be entering classrooms as part of our client's wider series later this year.

DLA Co-Founder Adam Salkeld was at the event with our ITN Productions Education collaborators to accept the award. He said: "We are delighted to have won the award. It's confirmation that authentic video sourced from TV greats like the Up series can be made into the most effective and engaging learning resources."

The jury hailed the piece as "an original film that cleverly fuses archive and social comment". 

DLA is nominated for a Learning on Screen Award

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Digital Learning Associates has been nominated for a Learning on Screen Award.

The Learning on Screen Awards are the UK’s only celebration of film and media in education and research. DLA's nomination is within the Archive category for a short piece called Memory, which we created in partnership with ITN Productions Education. The video was created using authentic material from Granada Television's groundbreaking Up series, which began its unique run in 1964 with the original Seven Up film.

The series has followed a group of 14 young people throughout their lives, starting when they were seven year-old schoolchildren. The series continues to be produced regularly. The most recent instalment, 56 Up, aired in 2012 and production is due to begin on the next series in late 2018.

DLA remastered the series to meet learning goals for an ELT publishing client, levelling the material with bespoke narration and a carefully constructed selection of moments from the show's extensive archive. The final asset runs at a little over three minutes and will be entering classrooms as part of our client's wider series later this year.

The Learning on Screen Awards take place this Thursday 26 April, at BFI Southbank in London. You can read more about the Awards and see the full list of nominees here.

Pearson launch new 'Business Partner' course with video from DLA

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Delegates at last week's IATEFL Conference got a glimpse of the future of English for Business as Pearson launched its new global Business Partner course.

Business Partner was launched to a packed audience last Friday at the annual IATEFL Conference in Brighton. A key feature of Business Partner is its use of authentic video, an approach pioneered by DLA. Students learn about key business concepts such as leadership, marketing, or corporate culture from authentic business stories and case studies. And they listen to real business people, speaking real English, in real world situations.

DLA worked in partnership with ITN Productions to produce the course's authentic videos. We sourced content from documentaries, news stories, and film archives to create story-led videos across a full range of CEFR/GSE levels, including levelled commentary and authentic soundbites.

Business Partner is available from Pearson now.

Read more about how we're creating authentic video learning experiences and why it's the future of learning.

Attention filmmakers! Call for submissions

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Are you a filmmaker with footage to sell? Could your content be part of a new educational video series?

We're developing a new series for use in learning environments around the world, and we want your content.

In the past we've used everything from news to entertainment and short-form to series, and worked with suppliers ranging from international production companies to independent YouTube talent. We want to hear from you, whether you've got one really great short, or a huge archive of material up your sleeve. Earn money for your content and work with DLA.

Click here to read more.

Finding out what captioned video can do for students

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DLA producer Elena Deleyto La Cruz has written a piece for IATEFL's blog interrogating how captions can be used most effectively in the ELT classroom.

In advance of our video workshop at next month's IATEFL conference in Brighton, Elena explores the purposes of captions when it comes to ELT, when they should be used, and how best to ensure they are level-appropriate. 

Read the full piece here, and don't forget to add our video workshop to your diaries.

Pearson launch new 'Big English' course with video from DLA

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DLA are delighted to announce that we have contributed to Pearson’s new course Big English 2nd Edition (American English).

DLA and ITN Productions Education developed and produced videos and learning activities for Big TV, the AV arm of the Big English experience. The videos we have created carefully align to each unit’s language, grammar and learning goals. And best of all, the material that we have remastered is all authentic content.

Authentic content in learning is crucial to erasing the line between ‘entertainment’ and ‘learning’. By treating the best content from news, documentary, and factual entertainment with the latest production techniques, we have made learning content that is indistinguishable from the media students will be consuming in their own time.  

Pearson describe Big TV as an “innovative way to digitally deliver CLIL to students” and each video comes equipped with carefully designed pre-, during, and post-watching activities and projects, all carefully mapped to the CEFR and GSE framework.

Designed for achieving results, Big English 2nd Edition (American English) delivers comprehensive English language acquisition alongside CLIL and broader life skills, supported by unique online digital teacher and student resources.

You can order Big English 2nd Edition (American English) from Pearson now.

DLA announces talk at Innovate ELT 2018

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DLA are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a session at this year's Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona, making this the second year in a row that DLA is contributing to the event's programme.

On 12 May 2018, DLA Producer Elena Deleyto La Cruz will be leading the session 'Entertainment becomes learner engagement: the use of video in ELT'.

Read more and book the event in your diaries here.

The Five Pillars of Engaging Educational Video

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"As educational filmmakers working with authentic footage on a daily basis, we know a thing or two about what makes an effective, engaging video for ELT."

Zoe Langston-Blass takes a look at the five pillars that are fundamental for creating engaging authentic video experiences in the ELT classroom. Read it here.

Keeping up with authentic video

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“Generation Z have high media literacy skills, let’s make the most of them!”

The topic of subtitles for ELT learners is still being wrestled with. Learners have different requirements of such a tool, dependent on their ability.

Elena Deleyto La Cruz summarises how subtitles influence learners' abilities to comprehend and interact with authentic video. Read it here.