Everyone likes a good movie, right?
Sometimes a great movie comes along that gets everybody talking! Some of my fellow franchisees have mentioned some good movies recently here on the Smiths School of English Soapbox.
We have a very comfortable movie theater here close to Smiths School of English in Fuse Higashi-Osaka which my students often go to and then report their experiences back in class.
Fuse Line Cinema 10 (布施ラインシネマ10映画館)
This provides a wonderful opportunity to build a lesson… around that topic rather than simply doing some “free chatting” about the movie. Of course, “free talking” is part of improving a student’s eikaiwa skills but I think students will benefit more if you provide some structure for that discussion.
So, whenever one of my students reports back with excitement about a recent movie they watched at Fuse Line Cinema 10 (布施ラインシネマ10映画館) I get to work writing some questions out around a set of grammar points.
Opinions, comparisons with other movies they’ve watched, general Q and A about the topic, personal feelings about the topic, feelings about how the topic was portrayed in the movie, if they were happy with the ending, and if several of the students had recently watched the movie at Fuse Line Cinema 10 (布施ラインシネマ10映画館) then I ask them to take a few minutes an rewrite the ending; how else would they have ended the movie. Would they like to see a sequel and if so how do they envision it?
The local theater here, Fuse Line Cinema 10 (布施ラインシネマ10映画館) shows both foreign and Japanese movies, so the students sometimes have to work extra hard if I’m not familiar with the movie, if for example they watched a Japanese or Korean movie.
Some current listings at Fuse Line Cinema 10 (布施ラインシネマ10映画館) include Valentines Day, Otouto, and Invictus which was written about here last week.
Several of my students have informed me they are interested in watching Otouto and Invictus so I’m looking forward to those discussions.
I’m grateful to Fuse Line Cinema 10 (布施ラインシネマ10映画館) for providing a constant stream of good discussion starters; the lesson planning is my job!
Any good movie recommendations out there?
Alessandro “Alex” Stanciu
Smith’s School of English Fuse
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Tim Musgrave says
I also like to build lessons based on popular movies. I find this type of lesson works well with Senior High students. It is sometimes a challenge for the students to find an enjoyable common interest to talk about. Movies provide great topics.
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