Assignment: Foreign Poem

Create a short film based on a set poem in a foreign language.


Suggested techniques

Have someone read the poem aloud.

Tell the story of the poem in the film, using extracts from the poem on screen.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • Students are required to develop a good speech rhythm to do say the poem aloud, which helps develop their fluency in the language.
  • This requires the students to examine the poem in depth to create an interpretation of the work. This allows the student to get a better understanding of the poem by taking it beyond the written word and into something visual and active.
  • You can build on this in class as they explain why they chose to present and interpret the work that way.
  • Voicing an animated version builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for solo work
  • Languages

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