Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Using films in the classroom - Happy Gilmore

There are so many things to consider when picking a film to watch with language learners.

  1. The first thing I thought about, as a language teacher, was the language in the film. 
  • Is it appropriate for analysis? 
  • Does it contain a lot of swearing or bad language?
  • Are there accents that would make comprehension difficult?
  • Is slang language used?
     2.  The second aspect of the film I considered was the story of the film.
  • Does the plot have a good story?
  • Are there messages to the film?
  • Are there deeper meanings?
  • Could you predict what was going to happen?
     3.  Next I considered the characters in the film. 
  • Are the characters strong individuals?
  • Would they be interesting to describe?
  • What clothes do they wear? Why?
  • What influenced their lives?
  • What do you think happened to the characters after the film?
      4.  Finally I considered if the film could be offensive or challenging for my students.
  • Does it contain nudity or violence?
  • Does it model bad behaviour?
  • Are there scenes that could upset some students? 

Last Friday we watched Happy Gilmore with a group of ESOL students.

Here's a summary of their comments about the film.

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