Why does learning English with films and movie trailers work?


🔑 A: There are 3 main reasons: 

1. You’ll get to learn real English…not textbook English.

2. You learn English words in context.

3. You hear how things are said.

Ready to try right now? ☝😉 Below you will find video clips, lesson plans, and worksheets to get enough real practice. 

 📺 The Great Gatsby (Drama, Romance)
Focused on — Sentences with I wish/if only. Listening practice with fill in the gaps activity and synonym match. 
This is the worksheet based on The Great Gatsby trailer. 

 📺 Ratatouille (Animation)
Focused on — Matching pictures with descriptions of main characters, then some lines with the same characters. Global listening comprehension and intensive listening. 
A (visual) listening activity with a movie trailer (Ratatouille). For Pre-Intermediate learners (teenagers or adults) and activities for the 3 phases (pre-listening, listening, post-listening). A full transcript of the video and pictures are also provided. 

 📺 Life After People (Documentary)
Focused on — practicing first conditional (with some changes one can adjust the trailer to practicing second conditional too). 
It's a worksheet that goes with the trailer to mini series called Life after People which present how the life will be if people just vanish from the surface of Earth. It also contains the topics to discuss. 

 📺 Orphan ( Horror, Mystery, Thriller) 
Focused on — Listening, speaking. 
This is a worksheet based on the Orphan trailer. It contains three parts: before watching, while watching, and after watching. 

 📺 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Adventure, Drama, Fantasy)
Focused on — Past Continuous vs Past Simple, time expression “when”.
These worksheets (A & B — version) introduce the formation and use of past continuous. Past continuous is often used together with past simple (which can be confusing to students), so the exercises focus on the combination of these two past tenses. The exercises are mainly communicative.

English as a global language
People often talk about English as a global language or lingua franca. With more than 350 million people around the world speaking English as a first language and more than 430 million speaking it as a second language, there are English speakers in most countries around the world. Why is English so popular, though? And why has it become a global language?

People often call English the international language of business, and it’s increasingly true as international trade expands every year, bringing new countries into contact. Many of the best MBA programs are taught in English, so speaking it well can put you in a position to get the best training and credentials. Most multinational companies require a certain degree of English proficiency from potential employees so in order to get a position with a top company, more and people are learning English.

If your ambitions lie in science or medicine, you can’t neglect English either. Much of the technical terminology is based on English words, and if you want to learn about the latest developments and discoveries from around the world, you’ll read about them in journals and research reports published in English, no matter whether the scientists who wrote them are from China or Norway. And, of course, with good conversational English, you’ll be able to network and make important contacts at conferences and seminars.

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English also opens doors in the academic world. Of course, if the best program in your field is in an English-speaking country, English will give you the opportunity to study with the top scholars. Western universities are attracting more and more visiting scholars, students and professors from all around the world, and their common working language is English. As well as studying and teaching, attending international conferences and publishing in foreign journals are some of the key steps to success in academia. In order to speak at these conferences or publish in these journals, excellent English is essential.

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