I love doing movie talks with my teenage classes.
Actually one of my first blogs on this website was about a class where I used an animation (it is a favorite one so have a look) and all over the years I have been trying to find more fun short clips to use in English class. There is a small list, I will share in another post, if you are interested.
movie Talk without tune
I know, many English teachers use movie clips to practice listening. Definitely one way to do it~
However, for me, that is something students can do on their own, at home.
Instead, I use movie clips to practice SPEAKING, something students won't do at home, because they are on their own~boring to speak if no one is listening, right?!
And, to get the students speaking, I choose movie clips that have NO VOICE.
In one of the online conferences I attended recently, I met 'La Maestra' or Annabelle, a Spanish teacher and mentor in the States, and I was pleased to see her way of : 'STOP and GO', with 100s of questions in between:
Who is there? What is he doing? How is he? What is going to do? Why do you think he is going to ...? What do you think will happen next? etc etc etc
Kids love it and are completely into the scenes.
So, I recently I have also been adding more and more personal questions while doing these 'movie talks'.
Now, the new part: yesterday I happened (it really 'happened by coincidence') to do it a different way.
AND I want you to try it yourself on your own, before trying it with your students, so read to the end, BEFORE clicking the play button!!!
What I did:
I put the laptop on my desk so the kids could not see the screen.
I pushed 'PLAY' and stopped after 5 seconds, asking
WHERE they think the scene is happening. (I won't tell you any answers here, because I want you to imagine yourself first)
Then I pressed play again, and paused after another 3 sec. asking who they think is there.
Why do they think so, what exactly does this character look like, what color, what size, what emotion is it etc etc etc
Then I went on through the movie, just like this!
Wow! We had a complete story, just from a few sounds.
This was amaaaaaazing.
listening, we watched, again with me pausing constantly, again telling the story and predicting, comparing with the story we had 'listened out' just before.
And finally they were happy to watch the entire 3 minutes in a run.
To get their Junior High School energies HAPPY as well, I had written out the story in present tense and handed it to them, with the task to put it into past tense. Their class was after a day of school -and they are just in their midterm test period in school-, so concentration level should have been expected to be low.
However, they were super eager and when I finished class at 10 past 9 pm I noticed we had worked 25 minutes overtime.
Don't hesitate to leave your ideas on what you can 'listen' from this story, in the comments!