[Athen] Seeking opinions on captioning and foreign films

Priest, Ione ipriest at msudenver.edu
Tue Jan 8 13:56:41 PST 2019

Hello all,

We have a collection of courses that involve foreign films. In general, they have audio in a foreign language (everything from Chinese to German) with English subtitles burned into the film. There has also been a case of a silent film with intertitles written in the foreign language, again with English subtitles. Our English department (where these courses are housed) have expressed that the purpose of these films is to simply expose students to the "foreign" aspect, and that they want students to hear the foreign language as it is spoken for the emphases that cannot otherwise be captured. There is no requirement on any cinematography or other technical aspects of the films. They are trying to be proactive and ensure that these films are accessible at any point for any student, but they really don't have any solid ideas on how to accomplish this. All of our captioning is processed through our IT department, who previously provided an idea including providing 3 different copies of each film - one with English audio and English captions, one with the foreign language audio and foreign captions, and the original. I should also add that we do not currently have any students for whom this would be an accommodation as far as I am aware.

We've engaged with both departments to work out some pieces of the puzzle, but I would love to hear how each of you might approach such a scenario or any other thoughts and opinions you have.

Thank you all,

Ione Priest, CPACC
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Accessibility Technology Manager
Access Center
Plaza 122
Metropolitan State University of Denver
ipriest at msudenver.edu
Phone: 303-615-0200
Fax: 720-778-5662
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