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March 07, 2010

And The Winner Is....Oscars 2010

People around the world seem to love movies. One way or another, most of my students, no matter where they live or what their budget allows, always seem to to know about....

...the latest films.

I almost always watch at least a little bit of the Oscar awards each year. Besides seeing excerpts from good movies, the Oscar nights give me ideas about what kinds of movies - or stories - might appeal to my students.

I encourage my students to watch the full range of films that they see on Oscar night - documentaries, animations, musicals, comedies and dramas - and, of course, the wide range of foreign films. I find that the short films are ideal for classroom use. Most of them run under twenty minutes and are easy to follow.

You can see the Oscars herehttp://oscar.go.com/.

I also have discovered that there are many films from the past that are wonderful as well as being engaging snapshots of life in different eras. For a retrospective of previous Oscar nominees and winners, take a look athttp://www.filmsite.org/oscars.html.

My bias is for movies from the so-called golden era of Hollywood - the 1950s and early 1960s. Take a look through this website. You'll see some classics and classic work by some of the masters of filmcraft.

For a history of Oscar night itself, be sure to check out http://www.mahalo.com/oscar-history.

Two of my favorite aspects of Oscar night are seeing what actors look like without costumes or make-up and the life-time achievement awards and tributes to actors, directors or other contributors to the film creation process.

Watching films together can be fun as well as a culturally enriching experience. Everyone seems to love a good story - and there are many truly unforgettable films out there.

I have learned that I need to see a film at least twice before I really understand it. It takes the first viewing

It is good to remember that we are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at March 7, 2010 09:11 PM

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