Movies for ESL students
February 2, 2009 8:20 PM Subscribe
Please recommend some movies that would be good to show a class of ESL students.
posted by miraimatt to education (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I teach English to refugees in the US, and sometimes in class we'll watch a movie in sections and discuss it. The problem I'm running into is that I'm having a hard time thinking of movies that would be good, so I'd like some suggestions!
Some details that might be useful:
- The students I teach are mid-level, so they can understand things sometimes, but definitely don't catch anything overly complicated
- I like to stick with movies that are at least somewhat based in reality because the more everyday something is, the easier it is to understand
- As dorky as this may sound, I do like for the movies to have a decent message or at least not be morally bankrupt action movies
- Past experience: E.T. and the Karate Kid movies went over pretty well. Jingle All The Way did not (despite the fact that it was the holiday season and refugees apparently seem to like Arnold quite a bit)
Any ideas are much appreciated!