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The English Learner Movie Guides

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Material Type: Reference Material
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: November 22, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 06, 2011
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Submitter : Shannon Hilliker

Each individual guide is a detailed synopsis of a popular movie, which consists of the following:
a summary of the plot
a list of the major characters
an extensive glossary of vocabulary and various cultural references that even advanced ESL learners would often not understand
questions for ESL class discussion

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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Internet access
Language: English
Cost Involved: no Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no Copyright: yes
Creative Commons: unsure

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Avatar for   Differding
11 years ago

Differding (Faculty)

1) I reviewed the materials for about 20 minutes. I did not use them in
teaching-learning activities.
2) I liked the quality of content. The plot and character summaries would work
well as pre-viewing activities in an advanced ESL setting. I would probably
highlight certain vocabulary/expressions in the section on the site that
clarifies difficult concepts or expressions. I would not want to overwhelm the
students with too much new vocabulary/expressions. Although the
slang/expressions in the movie I reviewed (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)were great,
as were the cultural similarities between Orthodox Greek families and large
Latino families. As I plan on teaching Latino's, I think this movie would
really interest them. They could relate to the Greek family dynamic as it
parallels Latino families in many ways.
4) Aside from some frustrations logging-in, I found the website pretty easy to
navigate. Those not very computer savvy might not feel the same way.
Used in course

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