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English @ the Movies - Raymond Weschler
Grades8 to 12
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This helpful collection of classic movie clips grants limited English speakers access to unusual or idiomatic phrases said in popular movies. For example, in Guess Who's Coming to...more
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This helpful collection of classic movie clips grants limited English speakers access to unusual or idiomatic phrases said in popular movies. For example, in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner the phrase "break it gently" is explored, then students are give two choices to choose from for the meaning and then the answer comes on. The clip includes not only the idiomatic phrase, but also explanations of the cultural and historical background of the movie. This is an excellent way for students to learn some of the peculiar phrases in our English language in an enjoyable way!
In the ClassroomTeachers planning to show a classic film in class should check this site for information to help their ESL students better understand the film. You can also use this site to help with literature that has been made into a film. If you are showing more current films, ask students about phrases they don't understand and list them out using Padlet, reviewed here; with Padlet you can create columns and list the different meanings for the phrases.
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