Finally, someone has offered a completely different approach to getting students of English as a foreign language to talk and to involve themselves and the class members in, to my mind, an exciting and unusual way to discuss/analyse aspects of modern Britain through the medium of cinema films. The material is aimed at the intermediate to advanced student and offers a range of British films for discussion (in English, naturally) stretching back to World War II right up to the present. The cinematographic focus is very much on modern Britain (multicultural issue/problems), but the war and immediate post-war periods are not neglected. The material is not always easy to get one’s head around, but it sets students thinking, gets them chattering and offers such a refreshing change from all those cliché situations (job interviews, telephone conversations, etc.) that students realize are helpful but that they tend to groan over when they encounter them. My experience has been that this unconventional course holds their attention brilliantly and in a fairly short time improves overall fluency. Whether it improves their spelling is a moot point, but the improved spoken ability is tangible. Very strongly recommended for teachers and students!!
David M.Hamburg, Germany