Posted in For fun, Reflections & Career Development, This and that, Useful activities

Movie Club

I was teaching something about education in my class last week. There was a question in the book: Do you know any movies on education? When I asked this to my students, I realized that they are really into watching something. I stuck a blank sheet on the wall and asked them to write their movie suggestions there to share with their friends. Then I suddenly asked myself: Why don’t we watch these movies at school after classes? I shared this idea with my students immediately and said that we could stay at school one afternoon and watch one of the movies both from the list and included in top 250 movies in IMDb list. They loved the idea and agreed! 🙂

We started our “Movie Club” with that step. We held our first movie session last Thursday with “Snatch” by Guy Ritchie. We used English subtitles while watching. This Thursday, I mean yesterday, we watched “A Beautiful Mind” and they loved it! By the way, I share the movie I choose on Monday or Tuesday and they decide if they want to watch it or not. It’s not obligatory 🙂

I think these kinds of activities are helpful ways to improve their general knowledge, language skills and our communication with each other. My students are from the preparatory classes of English Language Teaching and English Language and Literature departments so they can understand English subtitles- at least they do their best to understand 🙂 They are also aware of the fact that they need more general knowledge so they are willing to join our movie days. I can suggest this if you have a chance. It works 😉

As for the third week, I am planning to choose either “The Shawhank Redemption” or “Pulp Fiction”. I haven’t decided yet. The best movie of all times or a Tarantino movie? A difficult decision is waiting for me! movie_club

Posted in Useful activities

Reflection: Getting the whole class talking activities

I had shared a poster on October 10 related to speaking activities and promised to share my experience with you. Now that I have time, I can do this 🙂  (https://pelinkucukk.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/getting-the-whole-class-talking/)

I used the second activity-the experts- in the poster last week. My students had a lot of fun thanks to it! I explained the process and then asked for volunteers. There were five volunteers! We arranged the class as if it was a TV show and they were guest speakers in my show. The rest of the students were the audience of the show 🙂 I took the experts outside for a few minutes so that we were going to decide their field of expertise with the audience. The audience chose a topic: Relationships. Then, I called the experts and others asked their questions. It was an enjoyable and easy activity to be used in class since the experts weren’t stressful. I asked my students’ opinions after finishing the activity and they said they enjoyed it and want to use it again the class! 🙂 After getting that positive feedback, I used the activity with another class and they said they loved the activity, too! So guys, I can suggest you to use it in your classes 🙂