Cinema goes schoolMethods, possibilities and backgrounds for the implementation of movies in Italian language teachingAndrea HöllIn the first part of the present thesis, the important function of films in our society and the resulting responsibility for modern education is shown. Arguments taken from the areas of linguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics and didactics are indicated, that underline the intrinsic potential of films for contemporary foreign language teaching. Although there exist many positive aspects of using films in the classroom, students often encounter great difficulties in decoding audiovisual messages in a foreign language. Therefore, a lot of details have to be taken into consideration when choosing a film and preparing didactic material that is aimed to meet the requirements of the students. Defining the degree of difficulty is of crucial importance. Therefore an analysis according to linguistic, extralinguistic, paralinguistic and film specific criteria is discussed and helpful schemes are presented. In addition the demands of the Austrian Curriculum and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) according to films are discussed. Different fields of application within language teaching and possible kinds of films that can be used in the classroom are listed. Finally various methods and exercises are presented. The discussed concept of didactic units is based on Balboni and presents a practical and profound structure to convey linguistic and film related contents. Different speaking skills as well as various learning styles are also taken into consideration. The established materials in the second part of the thesis aim to connect the theory with practical ideas and methods. The adaptation of the movie ?Uomini e donne, amori e bugie? by Eleonora Giorgi, is based on the discussed didactic concepts and methods. All material can be used for Italian language learners on the level A2.