Kieran-sitting-shirt-chin-hand-bwFilm English is the brainchild of teacher, trainer and author Kieran Donaghy ( Kieran’s LinkedIn profile). Kieran teaches at UAB Idiomes Barcelona, part of the Univiersitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

The site promotes the innovative and creative use of film in English language teaching and learning. All of the lesson plans revolve around the use of video and film to teach English. The site promotes cineliteracy, the ability to analyse moving images, and considers cineliteracy as a 21st century skill which our students need to learn. In addition, the lessons promote critical thinking in the language classroom, and  encourage learners to reflect on values while learning a  language.

PrintFilm English has become a very popular resource English Teaching bank and is visited by over 90,000 teachers every month and there are over 3.5 million page views a year. It has received critical acclaim winning various awards, including a British Council ELTons award for Innovation in Teacher Resources and won the MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media, the most important media and education award in Europe, in 2013.

kieran donaghy ELTONS interview 2013

Kieran was also presented with an English Speaking Union Award by Princess Anne in 2014.


You can watch Kieran talking about the Film English project here.



Kieran writes extensively about film in education. He is the co-author of Films in Health Sciences Education and the author of the methodology book Film In Action in the prestigious DELTA Teacher Development Series.


Kieran is also the founder of The Image Conference, the only conference in the world  exclusively on the use of film, video, images and gaming in English Language Teaching. The first conference was organised jointly by the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG and UAB Idiomes, and took place in Barcelona in June 2013. Speakers included renowned experts in video, film, images and gaming Ben Goldstein, Jamie Keddie, Lindsay Clandfield, Graham Stanley, Kyle Mawer, Ceri Jones, and John Hughes. The second Image Conference took place in Brasilia in October 2013. The Image Conference is likely to become an annual event held in a different city every year.

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Kieran is an experienced speaker and trainer who has given talks and workshops in many countries. If you would like Kieran to give a workshop or talk at your event then please contact him at kieran@kierandonaghy.com.

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  1. Dear Kieran,
    How are you?
    I’m writing to you for some advice. I regularly read your website and I’m always inspired by your lessons.
    This year I’ve returned to Edinburgh to endure an MSc in TESOL. It has been a very intense year of studying and I’m about to embark on the dissertation which requires a research element. I’m really interested in exploring the potential for video in the esl classroom as a motivational tool or how it can be used to foster critical literacy skills. Due to restricted time to carry the research out I will attempt to find out how ESL teachers use videos in the classroom.
    I was wandering if you have any ideas on references or similar studies which you could recommend.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for your time.

    Kind regards

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    p.s. Just to let you know I have also forwarded this message to Jamie Keddie as your both interested in this particular field. I would be grateful if could you forward this to anyone else you know who could help. Thanks

    • Hi Andy,
      Good to hear from you, I’m very well, thanks. I’ll send you information on different studies and acrticles in the use of film, and the approach I take. I’ve got a presentation at IATEFL next week, and I’m a bit tied up at the moment, but I can give you a detailed response after Easter if that’s OK.
      Good luck with the dissertation.
      All the best,

      • Hi Kieran,

        Thank you very much for your kind and considerate response. I would be delighted if you could give me more detailed information. I’m still unsure whether I should pursue the topic and also concerned about how I will obtain data. I think that your advice would help considerably towards a clearer decision.

        Best of luck at IATEFL. I really wanted to go but I have some assignments to complete so it’s not possible. I aim to watch it online and looking forward to watching your presentation.

        Thanks again,


      • Dear Kieran

        First of all… What an amazing website! These lessons must be a real gift from heaven for teachers. I’m a student from Belgium who studies Art and Cultural Mediation. Our aim is to build a bridge between art and culture on one hand, and the (socially disadvantaged) audience on the other hand. Right now I’m writing my thesis about how film at school can promote language skills. So this website is really helpful. But as I road Andy’s message, I was wondering if you could give me some tips too concerning literature, studies, researches etc about the relation between film and language.

        A big thank you in advance
        and warm regards!


        • Dear Inde,
          Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment and for your kind words about the site. Send me a message through the Contact page and I’ll get back to you about your project.
          All the best,

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  3. Greeting Kieran,
    I tend to judge movies by a “could I have done that?” approach and the ones that I love the most are films that:
    i) i would never have been able to conceive and don’t understand how the writer could have conceptualized the script, let alone form it into reality by sheer force of will…think Charlie Kaufman’s Adaptation.
    and ii) movies that I could have come up with and made myself if I managed to forced the limits of my own creativity, productivity and focus.
    Sir Ken Robinson may be the Charlie Kaufman of the educational world…this website of yours would be me at my absolute best.
    good job
    you have a fan.
    Bob Wallace
    English/Media at upper secondary school in Sweden

  4. Hi Kieran,

    I am Sam from Vietnam. This is the first time I visit your website, and I totally feel interested in your lessons. How creative and dedicated you are to design such great and useful lessons!

    I just wonder if you have films for beginning and pre-intermediate levels?
    I would like to borrow your films to develop my students’ language skills but their levels are commonly under intermediate.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,


    • Hi Sam,
      Thanks a lot for getting in touch and for your kind comments. All of the lessons have a summary at the start where you can find the level, there are some lessons which are aimed at lower levels. You can also find films by level in Categories in the side bar,
      All the best,

  5. Brilliant site. Absolutely brilliant. Really, really good idea for a website. It’s great to see lesson plans that aren’t just dry exercises or grammar-based and can really get through to students of all ages.

  6. I love your site! It’s been really useful for me. I think your choice of short films and follow-up activities is great! Creative and challenging for the students! Thanks for sharing with many teachers like me!

  7. Hi Kieran,
    Fortunately for me I stumbled across your website last week and please let me say what a pleasure it is to find such a well-organised, user-friendly, un-cluttered, interesting treasure-trove of well-thought out materials and original ideas for the classroom….

    I can’t wait to try something out with my students!

    I have just one query; is it possible to search for lessons via topic? I was looking for something on body language yesterday and I was just wondering if there was an easier way of conducting a search than trawling through all of the categories. This would also apply to a search for a particular language point.

    Thanks very much in advance!


  8. Hi Kieran,

    Just a few words to congratulate you on this site! I’ve used your lesson plan on KINDNESS yesterday and it was a very emotional moment with my students. Really, really good. Thanks for sharing your creativity and enrichen our lessons. (I just wonder how you have the time?! I teach 22h to 270 stds and I find no time left…)
    Keep up your good work! :)

    • Hi Cristina,

      Thanks a lot for your kind comments, I really appreciate them. I’m really happy that you and your students enjoyed the lesson so much. It’s difficult finding the time as I also have lots of classes and loads of students, but it’s a labour of love.

      All the best,


  9. Great site. Great ideas. So kind of you to share… Have just found myself in Collège after 15 years in Lycée and International schools. Kids these days really can not concentrate for long so I often use film clips to keep the lesson interesting. I have just finished a sequence on Bullying – would have liked to have found this site before!

  10. This is a fantastic idea for teaching English but unfortunately your videos are unaccessible from China. If you could post them on youku.com or another video hosting website, I would be so grateful!

    • Hi Natasha,
      thanks a lot for your kind words about the site. Unfortunately I can’t upload the videos as the copyright belongfs to their makers, I can only embed them from the sites the makers have uploaded them to.
      All the best,

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  12. Hi Kieran,

    Your website is truly amazing. My students love your lessons. Hope to get in touch when I move to Barcelona this year for an MA in Applied Linguistics.


    • Hi Aimee,
      Thanks a lot for commenting. I’m really happy you and your students love the lessons. Get in touch when you come to Barcelona. Let me know if I can help you with anything.
      All the best,

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  15. Hello Kieran.
    I am a BA film student doing my dissertation on the importance of visual literacy in particularly film, this is the first site I have come across that is strongly supporting the notion of film being an important learning tool in the education system. I would appreciate any direction or theory’s you know also are pro film literacy and any other information on this topic would be helpful.

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  18. Hi Kieran,

    I’m an EFL teacher in Argentina. I work in a private English language school and I teach teens and adults. I’m preparing my annual lesson planning and many of your lessons will be added in it. I’m always using videos in my class and I know my classes will be better because of your help.
    Thank you so much for your help and please keep on working in the way you’re doing it!!!! Regards from Argentina :)


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  20. Thank you, Kieran Donaghy for these wonderful materials. I lead an English discussion club with high school students in one Central Asia country. People here don’t have a free access to proper education. Quality costs much though. Your materials help us to keep going and inspires to make more we can do in this conditions.
    Thank you very much.

    • Hi HB,
      Thanks for commenting and for the kind words. Yes, of course, the lessons can be freely used and photocopied by teachers – that’s what they’re there for! :-)

      All the best,


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