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Using Films to Teach Culture in a Flipped Classroom

Using Films to Teach Culture in a Flipped Classroom
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Author(s): Zhen Zhang (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 20
Source title: Enhancing Education Through Multidisciplinary Film Teaching Methodologies
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jason D. DeHart (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5394-0.ch004


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This chapter discussed incorporating the wedding scenes in Yi-Mou Zhang's Raise the Red Lantern (1991) and Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet (1993) into a flipped classroom in higher education to teach students traditional Chinese wedding and marriage. The chapter adopted a multimodal perspective, relying on the visual and aural modes to exhibit the traditional Chinese marriage concepts, wedding procedures, activities, participants, decorations, music, colours, and the newlyweds' wedding dresses (attires, makeup, hairstyles) to students. The study demonstrated that films helped the instructor illustrate cultural theories and concepts and promoted students' cultural learning. Students' performance revealed that the flipped model enhances preparatory work and active learning, and embedding films into teaching has benefits and drawbacks.

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