We bring non-native English-speakers together in Skype group calls to do read-throughs of movie scripts. Our goal is to improve language and communication skills, and strengthen cross-border teamworking.
- “A brief history of cross-border scientific teamwork”
A 3-minute version of a 1-hour presentation I did at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference (University of Reading, UK, January 2015).
- “What can cross-border business teams learn from the movie industry?”
An article about SkypeRead in “Business Review Europe & Middle East” (December 2014).
- “Copernicus 2.0: native-speakers are no longer the centre of the English-speaking universe”
Highlights from a presentation about SkypeRead at the ATEM Nishi-Nihon Conference (Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Japan, November 2014).
Image: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk
SkypeRead and “Europa Report”
With the support of Start Motion Pictures, our current project brings together STEM practitioners (from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to do read-throughs of “Europa Report”.
The movie tells the story of a manned mission to search for life on Europa, one of the Galilean moons of Jupiter. Space.com called it “one of the most thrilling and realistic depictions of deep-space exploration since ‘Moon’ or ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.”
There are three elements that make “Europa Report” an ideal read-through for both STEM professionals and students: (i) highly realistic science and engineering, (ii) highly realistic language, and (iii) it’s a wonderful, multinational ‘team movie’.
- Join us on a trip to Europa!
Find out how your team can take part!
- “Language, emotion and social connection”
A pecha-kucha presentation (20 slides x 20 seconds per slide) about this project from the 5th International NeuroELT Conference (Kitakyushu International Conference Centre, Japan, July 2014).
- About SkypeRead
What is a read-through? And how does it help improve teamwork and communication skills?