Great Tool: Movie Segments for Grammar Goals

Ever get caught in the “explanation” game, where the teacher-centered explanation, the worksheets you supply, and the extra practice you give on drill exercises all together don’t seem to help all your students get the grammar point?

Sometimes you just have to use material outside the coursebook.
Teachers around the world who blog share ideas about waking up your classes. Eva in Turkey’s suggests maintaining and adding information on an excel page that she started: songs to teach grammar. Check it out; it contains more than Beatles songs and you can get many ideas for using songs int he classroom.

If you like movies and would like to use those in your home collection, Claudio in Brazil has collected a mountain of information and linked movie scenes from present and past films to grammar points with great lesson ideas to help your teaching become student-centered.

Try it…it is more interesting than teacher explanations of grammar! Movie Segments to Assess Grammar.



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  1. #1 by SERGIO on January 2, 2012 - 7:12 pm

    This is an awesome tool and it is exactly what I was looking for because the grammar explanations are always boring and the teacher has to do all the work not allowing students to be the students but shop window dummies who serve only to one purpose…be the passive audience and buy my product even if you do not know what you are getting because it suits on me so it is to suit on you.

    • #2 by I can do this on January 3, 2012 - 3:16 pm

      Hi there Sergio
      I am looking forward to using this the first day, when students come to class rusty but eager and ready to work, but have’t talked in English in weeks.

      I agree with you 110% about passive explanations. Active learning is where it is at!

  2. #3 by Alexandra Duarte on January 11, 2012 - 11:09 am

    Hi Ellen.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your supportive comment. Do come more often and have a look at my latest resources, now on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
    Thank you, Alex

  3. #4 by marielyzabeth on January 13, 2012 - 6:18 am

    WOOW, IT Is amazing, it is fun, grammar won´t be borring after all.

  4. #5 by luigyinwords on March 1, 2012 - 9:07 pm

    Wonderful tool to teach and learn grammar. I already experienced it as an english student in Southgate, Ca. USA, years ago and it really works.

    • #6 by I can do this on March 2, 2012 - 1:52 pm

      Which tool are you referring to specifically? Can you share your experiences with us?

      • #7 by luigyinwords on March 3, 2012 - 1:41 am

        Gladly Ellen,

        In my first visit to California USA in 1981, more than thirty years ago, I attended some English classes.

        There, a young teacher was teaching grammar through songs on a tape recorder machine. Everybody was singing and learning at the same time. Because it was an adult educational program of the Public High School, I thought that it was the way to teach adults, especially to those who were mostly immigrants with a lower education.

        I have to confess that, I learned more in that way than what I had learned before. The secret was in being involved. And in that case was in a fun way.

      • #8 by I can do this on March 3, 2012 - 3:38 am

        It is these fun experiences that will affect how you teach in the future. Remember what worked in your experience to be able to apply it in your own classes…even with adults!

  5. #9 by murcha on July 11, 2012 - 10:20 am

    I am finding more and more that students are looking for multimedia to learn skills. Music, movies, animations etc are of higher value in learning and they will go back again and again to watch or listen, which they rarely do if it is just text. Great resource!

  6. #10 by David Francisco on September 11, 2012 - 12:20 am

    Hello everyone
    I think using the movies segments in the teaching process of a new foreign language is an amazing tool especially for learning grammar which most of the times can be boring and difficult. Using movies and songs segments sounds an interesting way. I think these resources can be used not only for learning grammar but also lots of new vocabulary which is one of the main parts of a language. I remember when I studied English my teachers used to use songs and videos in class, so in that way we could improve our listening skills, now I know that all these resources were key points that allowed a better construction during the process of learning the new foreign language.

  7. #11 by dydi17 on September 12, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    I think a teacher must know all the grammar of the language he or she is teaching, however it is important that teachers not overwhelm students with rote and monotonous teaching of the target language’s grammar.
    The use of games, songs, videos, flashcards, puzzles, etc, is the best way for students to learn not only grammar, but acquire tools to use the language in a functional way and improve the four English skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
    This becomes more practical and interesting for students.

  8. #12 by Ale Z. on September 15, 2012 - 12:30 am

    This is an awesome tool, even more with elementary kids that get bored easily! Sometimes my kiddos get shy with songs, but games and movies are great they really get into it and they don´t even feel it´s a burden to learn grammar.
    Thank you!

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