Understanding Films in English

Most of the films are made in English or translated into English. So understanding English adds to your culture experience. And as I have said you need to practice your English outside the lesson ; so watching films is an excellent way.

Films are often not translated well; so it can be well worth watching in the original English.

You could begin using English subtitles or captions, and then turn them off when you have had some practice.

The classroom is a bridge where we use simple clear English , but films use the English of the real adult world and are often very difficult to understand .

The first point is choose easy films.. Childrenís films are often easier to understand. Action films can be easy to watch , you donít have to understand every word to understand whatĎs going on. Films with unusual language like Black street slang, British regional accents or such things such as Shakespeares old English can be much more difficult.

Secondly donít worry if you donít catch every word. I donít either. You should be able to understand the movie from the action. And once you have been watching for a while you should get used to the accent of the actors.

Practice is the only way to improve. So will use some tapes without pictures.

1. To practice listening : listen to the tape and say what kind of shop the people are going into :

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2. Listen to the tape and fill in the blanks a) Public School

  1. Why were they called Public Schools ?..............................................
  2. Have they Changed ?.....................................
  3. How ......? ..........................................................................................................................
  4. Do they beat the boys ? ...............................................................................................
  5. Are they only interested in exam results ? ..................................................................
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