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Simply put, I have come to believe that movies have the power to accelerate language learning and retention like nothing else. With MGE I get to share what I've learned, and I might even get paid a little for my time. What you'll find here, in a nutshell, is roughly 30,000 words of text (the equivalent of about 120 book pages) which discuss in detail the challenges and merits of showing movies in the ESL and EFL classroom. You'll find an expanding catalog of more than 230 carefully-selected whole-movie and short-sequence ESL lessons, which can be delivered instantly in .PDF, and they each cost only $1 U.S.
So why movies ESL teachers have long recognized that movies bear a value which ignites an ESL student's potential to both acquire and learn English -- with good reason! Movies radiate the artistry of language in ways that instantly immerse ESL students in profound depths of true-to-life vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation, slang/idioms, native culture, the four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), and the authority of verbal and writing fluency. In short, learning English by watching a great movie is possibly the next-best thing to forming a romantic bond or a close friendship with a native speaker of English! From a teacher's point of view, a movie or short sequence is possibly the most high-interest context around which to design a seemingly endless range of lessons, from survival to academic, from K12 to adult education.
The MENU BAR to the left starts with this home page, which is your gateway to the Whole-Movie Portals for all the 130+ whole-movie ESL lessons available at MGE. Portals can be accessed from ABOVE (click on a movie poster) or BELOW (movie titles grouped by level of difficulty). Notice that Movies Grow English has a catalog containing a wide-ranging inventory of ESL lessons designed around some of the most universally-loved movies of all time! Each Portal invites you to preview a summary/setup of the selected 5-9 page lesson along with a screenshot of its cover page. Many Movie Portals include a link to the MGE Forum where you can read student and teacher comments about the selected movie. You'll find a convenient link to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and Wikipedia, where you can fact check additional information about your movie of interest. If desired, you may securely and instantly own a .pdf of the ESL movie lesson for the tiny cost of $1 USD.
You can inspect the action details of a typical MGE lesson at How to Use a Whole-Movie Lesson , where you'll find a detailed examination of the lesson's Content and Recommended Use. This \"Anatomy of a Whole-Movie Lesson\" discusses how its various aspects reference the actual movie in an intuitive manner that eases the burden of lesson planning. The anatomy also suggests how the lesson references the efficient use of time in the classroom. Once the busy ESL professional becomes familiar with the consistent design-simplicity of an MGE movie lesson, both lesson planning and class management become easier! Having spent many a weary hour designing movie lessons, often through trial and error, I've come to appreciate this benefit, first hand.
Short-Sequence Lessons (new in 2013) is a growing collection of 5-page short-sequence movie-based ESL lessons designed around a 4-6 minute movie clip. Each carefully-selected clip tells a complete mini-story. Each lesson includes many of the features we've come to expect in a chapter of a typical listening or reading book. These include main idea, details, vocabulary and much more. Featured Short-Sequence Lesson! is an example of a typical short-sequence lesson.
At Teacher - Short-Sequence Lessons there is a detailed discussion of rationale, design, and use of Short-Sequence ESL movie lessons. It also has a variety of imaginative classroom activities and exercises which use short sequences. Some of the activities were suggested by colleagues at UCLA and elsewhere. Short-Sequence includes a small collection of free lesson templates, the formatting and content of which can easily be replicated by cutting and pasting from portions of Whole-Movie ESL Lessons. Short-sequence also discusses the fully formed 5-page lessons that were introduced in 2013. Note: This page was extensively revised in 2016 to expand and clarify the instructions for exercises and activities.
The 6500-word Movie Vocabulary List, also on the menu bar, cross-references vocabulary from all the whole-movie ESL lessons at Movies Grow English. As a database-in-progress, it has become a growing corpus of formal, idiomatic, and slang expressions found in every-day, academic, and professional English. My fond expectation is that this resource may one day be used for ESL research. The Academic Word List is a handy reference page of the 570 most-commonly used words used across the academic environment (Averil Coxhead 2000)
Kidz Korner, hosted by Theresa Q, brings together all things kids love about movies and turns them into lessons for learning English. Parents know that the best Kidz movies are usually the ones that grown ups also love. Since Movies Grow English was admittedly created by a grown up (me), you guessed it, the kidz movies at Movies Grow English are also Kool 4 adults.
ON THE MENU BAR: Forum has grown into a treasury of student and teacher posts covering specific movies and ideas for using movies in the ESL classroom. If you're a student or teacher looking for a movie suggestion, the Forum can be a good friend. It has tons of informed opinions derived from many of the movie lessons offered at MGE as well as recommendations for other movies. The forum has received some 200,000 visits. There are more than 3000 posts from more than 800 members.
ESL movie lesson plans here at MGE along with supporting material are designed to provide motivational language enhancement for English learners and to streamline time-management for the busy ESL professional both in planning and in the use of classroom time. If you're interested in ESL and movies, it's all happening here at Movies Grow English. I am confident that as the destination expands, it will prove ever more useful and fun. Content is added and refined frequently, so please bookmark www.moviesgrowenglish.com. and visit often. Whether you purchase lessons here at Movies Grow English or find your own ways to use movies in the classroom, I sincerely hope this website contributes to your experience with movies and ESL/EFL. Thanks for visiting!
Everybody likes a good movie. Mainly because watching it helps us unwind, but also because we find out new things. Some of the great masterpieces out there (and even lesser known films) can teach us valuable lessons. 1e1e36bf2d