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CRAZY IN LOVE LOVE is the subject of a million love songs. With a partner, note down all the songs you can think of about LOVE or which mention LOVE in their title. Which is your favourite? Why? What lyrics of the song can you remember?

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS What do we mean by ‘love’? With your partner, discuss all of things you ‘love’ in your life and the people in the life that you love or have loved. How do these types of love differ? If you speak a language other than English, are there different words you use to talk about the different types of ‘love’? How do they differ? When we talk about people being in love, what do we mean? What are the ‘symptoms’ of being in love (especially for the first time). Have you been in love? How did it make you feel?

LOVE STORY What are the greatest love stories of all time? Think film/books/true life. With your partner, make a list and then pick one and tell the story. Are there any similarities between the stories?

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE What do you think the term ‘THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE’ means? The images below show 17-year-old Charlie, the lead character of the short film THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE. With your partner, discuss what Charlie might be feeling in each photo. Now, watch the film.


THE STORY OF LOVE With your partner, look at the pictures to the right, and tell the story of the film. How is Charlie feeling at the beginning of the film? How does he change as the story is told? Describe his different states of mind, feelings and moods. What is Charlie afraid of? Why does he decide to do what he does? Think back to what we discussed as in the previous sections about the idea of love and ‘being in love’. How much does what Charlie say match what you have talked about?

THE LANGUAGE ‘I know what my mates’d say…‘Charlie’s a poofter!’ By yourself, think about other terms you know that are used to describe people like Charlie. And more generally of people of LGBTI* orientation? How many of these terms are positive? How many negative? How would these terms make Charlie and LGBTI people feel? (*lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex)

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? How is Charlie feeling at the end of the film? What are the possible results of Charlie’s decision to tell Sam about his feelings for him? What might happen? What do you think of his decision? We don’t know what happens to Charlie and Sam. Does that matter? Is that what the film is about?


IMAGINE…. With your partner, discuss: If you were Charlie… Ø would you have told Sam? Ø who could you talk to about your feelings? At school? At home? Or elsewhere?

If you were Sam… Ø how would you feel when you read the letter from Charlie? Ø What would you say? What would you do?

With a partner, imagine the conversation between Sam and Charlie after Sam had read Charlie’s note.

And now imagine what would you if a friend of yours told you the same thing. What would you do? What would you say?

Discuss as a group

If Charlie were a student at your school/college or he was friend or yours… Ø how would other students react to him if they knew of his sexuality? Ø who could he talk to about what he is going through? Ø how would teachers react?

Would you consider your school, college or university a ‘safe space’ for Charlie? Or for young LGBTI people more generally? How could it become more ‘safe’? Where else might LGBTI students find support or help?



THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE has been seen more than 1.25 million times around the world, played at 30+ international film festivals, and been shared by the likes of Stephen Fry, Dannii Minogue, and Ellen DeGeneres. Here are some of the comments from viewers: Ø I wish films like this existed when I was a young teen. Really amazing and so well done. Brilliance and wisdom wrapped in truth. Ø ‘Why am I crying? I watched this three times in a row before i got the courage to send it to my friend who, like in the clip, i was in love with… he was mad and angry at first, but he then realized how he feels the same way and we are going from there… I just want to say thanks’ Ø ‘One of the most beautiful short films I’ve ever seen. A friend of mine is gay and he still struggles with coming to terms with his sexuality. So a few weeks ago I showed him this short film and he said it helped him being more comfortable with himself. It’s really an inspiring short!’ Why do you think the film has had this impact? And why do you think viewers have responded so personally to what they have seen? You can read what young people, their friends and families have said about the film, here: https://thelanguageoflovefilm.com/what-people-are-saying/

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE (2013) Written by and starring Kim Ho as ‘Charlie’. Directed by Laura Scrivano. You can contact the makers of the film here: Email: thelanguageoflovefilm@gmail.com Website: www.thelanguageoflovefilm.com For support, advice and information for young LGBTI people, visit: http://minus18.org.au (Australia) http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au (Australia) http://www.thetrevorproject.org (USA) http://www.itgetsbetter.org (International)


TEACHERS NOTES These resources are for general purpose use with classes of students of secondary level (of 13 years and above). Please note they have been prepared by the team behind the film, not by qualified counselors. As teachers you will know the maturity level of your students, the context in which you work, and the appropriateness of the activities for your classes. A general note is that, given the very personal nature of the subject, we have tired to balance the nature of the activities between group, pair work and individual working. We would always ask that teachers consider the needs and sensitivities of any LGBTI students in their class as a priority, and for this reason we suggest the section on ‘THE LANGUAGE’ is an individual activity, in which terms of abuse are contemplated rather than discussed openly. This should be also a consideration in the roleplay activities in the ‘IMAGINE’ section. There is available a Word version of this resource pack to allow you to amend, edit and supplement the pack as you see fit. Email us on thelanguageoflovefilm@gmail.com, with RESOURCE in the Subject line. There is also a downloadable version of the film if you are having problems streaming the film. Email us as above and we will send you a password. We hope we have the balance right, but we would greatly appreciate your feedback and suggestions so that we can continue refining the resource. We hope you and your students find these resources useful and that you enjoy the film. thelanguageoflovefilm@gmail.com www.thelanguageoflovefilm.com


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In the middle of a French exam, 17 year old Charlie struggles to find the words to be true to his best friend…and himself. A wry, delicate t...

The Language of Love Teaching Resource  

In the middle of a French exam, 17 year old Charlie struggles to find the words to be true to his best friend…and himself. A wry, delicate t...