Three Ways to Teach English with Movies
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Everyone loves movies and we all have our favourites. From cult classics like the Big Lebowski or The Usual Suspects to blockbusters like Jurassic Park and Independence Day, movies are a favourite pastime for people across the globe* and have become part of everyday culture.
Taking movies into the classroom and using them during lessons can be a helpful teaching tool. We’re not talking about pulling out the TV and DVD player, hitting play and leaving your students alone in darkness for two hours while you catch up on your emails. We’re talking about using movies as a valuable tool to enhance your lessons.
Three ways you can seamlessly bring movies into the classroom.
1. Press pause
There is no need to watch an entire movie to illustrate a point. Pressing pause at various points throughout a scene or clip can be valuable in addressing various topics in the classroom. Ask your students concept-checking questions during the pause about what they have just viewed and predictive questions about what they expect to see in the upcoming scenes. It’s also a great tool for making sure your students are paying attention.
2. Use video clips
Gone are the days of fast-forwarding to a specific part of the movie to introduce or explain a language structure. Nowadays, many websites have singled out movie scenes, making it easy to find a specific video clip that illustrates your target language. If the students like the movie and are interested in watching it, they can do so in their own time.
3. Use trailers
We all know that trailers are designed to draw viewers in, showing us the highlights of the story and leaving us wanting to know more. Trailers can be used for class discussions on genre, plot or a related topic. As they’re usually approximately three minutes in length, trailers can be replayed to ensure students fully understand the point being demonstrated, making them the perfect teaching tool.
Now that you know how to effectively bring movies into your EFL classroom, you can start using them to focus on language. Ask your class if they have any specific interests so that you can choose appropriate movies. It’s a fun way to ensure your students stay motivated during lessons and a great way to interact with your class on a whole new level.
*It is worth noting that not all countries have access to cinemas, and it is important to be sensitive to this issue if you are teaching students who haven’t seen many movies.
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You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.