Film in Action has received excellent review from a number of journals, magazines and websites. Here are some of the reviewers comments:

“Film in Action is a wonderful resource for teachers seeking further ideas on how to exploit video
inside and outside the classroom with their learners.”

Martin Sketchley, EFL Magazine


“The author’s knowledge and enthusiasm shine through.”

Pete Sharma, EL Gazette


“If you want to seduce your students into playing with language through multi-media learning environments and film, then this book will blast you into a whole new world of possibilities.”

Silvia Guinan


“Film in Action is a practical guide for all those in education who believe in the educational advantages of moving images in language learning and who are looking for arguments to adopt this and for activities or inspiration to start doing it themselves.”

Mathy Vanbuel, Media and Learning News


“It is  important to take the time to read this book carefully and understand how we can best utilise film to encourage language comprehension, production and reflection. I expect this book will soon be as creased up and dog-earred as my copy of Teaching Unplugged.”

Dave Dodgson


“Kieran Donaghy’s book is written in a very approachable manner and, by following clear guidelines and procedures, makes it easy for even a less experienced teacher to implement the ideas in the classroom.”

Margarita Kosior, Macedonia-Thrace TESOL News


“There are some truly original ideas which use sound and dialogue in a productive and analytical fashion that will feel innovative and fresh to students and teachers alike.”

Sam Lanchbury, International House Journal

You can download the following reviews:

Martin Sketchley

EFL Magazine, June 2015 PDF

Pete Sharma

EL Gazette, July 2015 PDF

Mathy Vanbuel

Media & Learning Newsletter, July 2015 PDF

Sylvia Guinan

WizIQ Blog, March 2015 PDF

Dave Dodgson September 2015 PDF

Margarita Kosior

Macedonia-Thrace TESOL News, September 2015 PDF

Sam Lanchbury

International House Journal, October 2015 PDF


Here are what teachers throughout the world are saying about Film in Action:


“I bought your book Film in Action about a year ago and instantly fell in love with it. I must say it is awesome! Well worth its price. I especially love the mini-chapter “Exploring new film genres” (I think I’m going to use “One-second films” soon in one of my classes). I recommend the book to anyone who wants to make their language lessons more interesting by using movies in a creative way.”

Pawel Jaśko, Poland

“I’m happy to say I finally got a copy of your book Film in Action – bravo! I was excited to buy it for the activities/lesson plans (I know DELTA always does a good job with that) but I was equally impressed with the kind of lit review and rationale for using short film – if I could go back in time and do my MA TESOL again, I’d change my dissertation topic to film/multiliteracies in a heartbeat, very interesting and timely topics. Anyways, keep up the good work!”

William Morley, Taiwan



“You can’t imagine how thoroughly both, students and myself are enjoying your amazing book. Thanks so much!!”

Luciana Jones, USA



“Just received your book “Film in Action”, and there are plenty of engaging ideas to use in the classroom. I’m glad I bought it!”

Suni Belliure, Spain


“I finished your wonderful book last week. Just want to say thanks for sharing your strategies. I’ve made my first video lesson based on your advice and it went over very well.”

John Wolcott, Thailand


“The book, like the site, is fantastic. I can recommend it to everyone else.”

Iain Struth, England



“I bought your book recently and have found it really useful for creating my own video based lessons, I’m sure I will be referring back to it for years to come.”

Amy-Jane Sadler, USA


“Already bought the book. The thing I like the most is that there are links to videos to suit the lesson plans, but if you are not too stretched time wise you can source your own clip to use with the plans.”

Damian Davies, Italy


“Let me tell you that I bought your book and found it excellent with very good ideas and very helpful and motivating.”

Mar Martín, Spain


“Congratulations on a great publication. It’s content is very well thought out and has a straightforward approach, and provides access to material for doing the tasks. I value the fact that it is concise, yet highly usable.”

Damian Davies, Italy

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