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I teach high school ESL. My students are from the newcomer to the advanced range. A couple of things that I have discovered is that technology is the great equalizer. I use closed caption video at all levels. There is some hardware out there that will allow you to take the ext of the CC video, download it as a text file and the create cloze exercises, dialogues, and writing activities. I usually spend 15 minutes a class period woring with the CC video, I do not just show the mov ie., I set the scene, discuss characters, etc. The reason that I think this is so successful is because ALL students love movies, You can choose current movies that have moderate rate of speech, as well as good action and non verbal skills. One of my fav orite is Heart and Souls. This is a movie that came out a few years back. It also provides some great stopping points to discuss literary terms such as foreshadowing.

Name: Cathy Walton
Email: [email protected]
Location: Renton, WA USA

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