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21 ESL movie-lesson posterThe 40 Yer-Old Virgin portal to ESL whole movie lesson2001: A Space Odyssey ESL movie-lesson poster2012 ESL movie-lesson posterAcross the Universe ESL movie-lesson posterAdjustment Bureau ESL movie-lesson posterAlmost Famous ESL Movie Lesson PosterAmerican Beauty ESL movie-lesson posterAmerican History X ESL movie-lesson posterMovie Poster Link to the whole-movie portal for Argo where the lesson and movie can be purchasedThe Artist ESL movie-lesson posterAvatar ESL movie-lesson posterThe Avengers ESL movie-lesson posterA Beautiful Mind ESL movie-lesson posterBlackHawk Down ESL movie-lesson posterBlack Swan ESL movie-lesson posterBlood Diamond ESL movie-lesson posterBlue Crush ESL movie-lesson posterBowling for Columbine ESL movie-lesson posterPoster portal for the ESL movie lesson for the film, Bring Down the HouseCars ESL movie-lesson posterCasablanca ESL movie-lesson posterWhole Movie Portal for ESL Lesson of Chef at Movies Grow EnglishPoster cover for ESL Lesson for Chronicles of Riddick at Movies Grow EnglishCloud Atlas poster for ESL whole-movie portal at Movies Grow EnglishContact ESL movie-lesson posterContagion ESL movie-lesson posterCowboys and Aliens ESL movie-lesson posterCrash ESL movie-lesson posterCrouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ESL movie-lesson posterPoster cover for ESL Lesson for Dark City at Movies Grow EnglishThe Dark Knight ESL movie-lesson posterPoster portal for the ESL movie lesson for the film, Dead Poets SocietyDeep Blue Sea ESL movie-lesson posterWhole-Movie Portal for the ESL lesson for The Descendants at Movies Grow EnglishThe Devil Wears Prada ESL movie-lesson posterPoster portal for the ESL movie lesson for the film,Enchanted ESL movie-lesson posterErin Brockovich ESL movie-lesson posterThe Expendables ESL movie-lesson posterFalling Down ESL movie-lesson posterMovie Poster for Finding Nemo, link to whole-movie esl lessonForgetting Sarah Marshall ESL movie-lesson posterForrest Gump ESL movie-lesson posterGladiator ESL movie-lesson posterESL lesson for the whole-movie, The Great Debaters at Movies Grow EnglishWhole-Movie Portal for ESL lesson for The Great Gatsby at Movies Grow EnglishPoster portal for the ESL movie lesson for the film, Good Will HuntingGroundhog Day ESL movie-lesson posterThe Hangover ESL movie-lesson posterHero ESL movie-lesson posterHigh Fidelity ESL movie-lesson posterHotel Rwanda ESL movie-lesson posterHugo ESL movie-lesson posterThe Hunger Games ESL movie-lesson posterI Love You, Man ESL movie-lesson posterInception ESL movie-lesson posterWhole-Movie Portal for ESL lesson fhr The Internship at Movies Grow EnglishInto the Wild ESL movie-lesson posterThe Iron Giant ESL movie-lesson posterIron Man ESL movie-lesson posterIt Happened One Night ESL movie-lesson posterWhole-Movie Portal for ESL lesson for It's a Wonderful Life at Movies Grow EnglishJohn Carter ESL movie-lesson posterJurassic Park ESL movie-lesson posterThe King's Speech ESL movie-lesson posterKung Fu Panda 2 ESL movie-lesson posterL.A. Story ESL movie-lesson posterLast of the Mohicans ESL movie-lesson posterLife of Pi, whole-movie ESL lesson portalLimitless ESL movie-lesson posterLittle Miss Sunshine ESL movie-lesson posterPoster portal for the ESL movie lesson for the film, The Lone RangerLost Horizon ESL movie-lesson posterMatchstick Men ESL movie-lesson posterThe Matrix ESL movie-lesson posterMillion Dollar Baby ESL movie-lesson posterMuch Ado about Nothing ESL movie-lesson posterThe New World ESL movie-lesson posterNew York Stories III ESL movie-lesson posterNim's Island ESL movie-lesson posterO Brother, Where Art Thou? ESL movie-lesson posterPoster portal for the ESL movie lesson for the film, PlanesPonyo ESL movie-lesson posterThe Prestige ESL movie-lesson posterPrometheus ESL movie-lesson posterPulp Fiction ESL movie-lesson posterPushing Tin ESL movie-lesson posterQuantum of Solace ESL movie-lesson posterRain Man ESL movie-lesson posterRango ESL movie-lesson posterRat Race ESL movie-lesson posterRatatouille poster on Movies Grow English home page leading to whole-movie portal and lessonThe Rock ESL movie-lesson posterThe Royal Tenenbaums ESL movie-lesson posterPoster for School of Rock on home page of Movies Grow English, ESL Lessons for moviesShakespeare in Love ESL movie-lesson posterShawshank Redemption ESL movie-lesson posterSlumdog Millionaire ESL movie-lesson posterThe Social Network ESL movie-lesson posterSpirited Away ESL movie-lesson posterSuper Size Me ESL movie-lesson posterTangled ESL movie-lesson posterThe 3rd Man ESL movie-lesson posterTin Cup ESL movie-lesson posterThe Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift ESL movie-lesson posterToy Story 3 ESL movie-lesson posterTraining Day ESL movie-lesson posterTransformers ESL movie-lesson posterTropic Thunder ESL movie-lesson posterThe Truman Show ESL movie-lesson posterUnstoppable ESL movie-lesson posterUp ESL movie-lesson posterV for Vendetta ESL movie-lesson posterVertical Limit ESL movie-lesson posterWhole-Movie Portal for A Walk in the Clouds, for ESL movie Lessons at Movies Grow EnglishWall Street: Money Never Sleeps ESL movie-lesson posterWALL-E ESL movie-lesson posterWhen Harry Met Sally ESL movie-lesson posterWithout a Paddle ESL movie-lesson posterThe Wizard of Oz ESL movie-lesson poster

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WELCOME MESSAGE: Movies Grow English

Thank you for visiting Movies Grow English (MGE), and welcome to the internet's most high-five resource for sharing ESL movie lessons and ideas that connect Movies with motivating ( fun!) language learning. With an expanding volume of more than 120 carefully-selected whole-movie lessons and a fast-growing register of focused short-sequence lessons, Movies Grow English has become the best website for ESL & EFL teachers and students who love movies and appreciate their language-growing benefits. Here is an overview of what's inside.

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-- Quick Tips when Using Whole Movie Lessons--

1. Preview both the movie and its lesson. Lessons and movies are in the same sequence.
2. When previewing a lesson, decide which quotes, questions, and vocabulary to focus on. Highlight or cut-and-paste content you plan to use.
3. Be aware of classroom time, and how you'll use it.
4. Most questions on the lessons test one's English skill and are easy for the native speaker to answer. The movie is the answer key.
5. For assessments, go to http://www.moviesgrowenglish.com/Assessments.html

-- The Deep Magic of Movies and ESL

We ESL professionals have long recognized that movies are a powerful, fertile, and fun instrument for igniting an ESL student's potential to both learn and acquire English -- with good reason! Movies radiate the artistry of language in ways that instantly immerse our students in profound depths of true-to-life vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation, slang/idioms, native culture, the four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), and the authority of verbal and writing fluency. In short, learning English by watching a great movie is possibly the next best thing to making friends with a native speaker of English! In addition, a movie or short sequence is quite possibly the most stimulating (re:high interest) context around which a wide range of lessons (communicative to academic) may be designed.

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-- Movie Lessons at your Fingertips

The MENU BAR to the left starts with this home page, which is your gateway to the Whole-Movie Portals for all the 100+ ESL whole-movie lessons available at MGE. Portals can be accessed from ABOVE (click on a movie poster) or BELOW (movie titles grouped by level of difficulty). As you can see, Movies Grow English has a catalog containing a wide-ranging and growing inventory of the most widely-loved movies of all time! Each Portal allows you to preview a summary/setup of your selected ESL movie lesson along with a thumbnail of the cover page of the actual 5-9 page ESL movie-lesson resource. Many Movie Portals include a link to the MGE Forum where you can read student and teacher comments about the selected movie. There is usually a link to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and Wikipedia, where you can locate additional information about your movie of interest. If desired, you may securely purchase and instantly own a .pdf of the ESL movie lesson for the tiny carrying cost of $1 USD.

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-- Methodology that Sparkles

Each ESL movie lesson incorporates innovative pedagogy developed and tested in classrooms at UCLA, University of Southern California (USC), California Institute of Technology, and Santa Monica College during more than seventeen years (my ESL Credentials.). My expanding methodology for teaching with movies makes use of traditional methodologies along with today's blended-learning approach which incorporates both the old-school classroom setting and the autonomous learning environment available across the electronic milieu (Cavage, 2012). This high-octane teaching-and-learning process has been documented by Christina Cavage (2012), Anthony Picciano (2009), Ely Siltzmann (2009), and others. I've discovered that movies seem to provide endless growth pathways into the heart of language luminosity.

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-- See for Yourself

Featured Lesson showcases the subtle elegance of a typical whole-movie lesson laid out in the same time order as the movie. Notice that the typical 4-9 page ESL movie lesson contains a brief story setup (understandable to a low-intermediate student), prompts (comprehension, discussion, essay), vocabulary notations, movie quotes, screen shots, resource links and more. It's all presented in a format that is consistent and adaptable. Thus, the ESL movie-lesson resources at Movies Grow English are engineered to be flexible for the teacher and transparent (jargon-free) for the student. Vocabulary items which appear in the world-renowned Academic Word List (Averil Coxhead, 2000) are marked with an asterisk*. Many of the MGE lesson plans are also available with simplified Chinese 简体中文 vocabulary annotations thanks to the generous assistance of Zhi Xin (Season) Li.

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Images of students presenting in a movie class for an ESL movie lesson-- Look more Closely

You can inspect the action details of a typical MGE lesson at How to Use a Whole-Movie Lesson , where you'll find a detailed examination of the lesson's Content and Recommended Use. This "Anatomy of a Whole-Movie Lesson" discusses how its various aspects reference the actual movie in an intuitive manner that eases the burden of lesson planning. The anatomy also suggests how the lesson references the efficient use of time in the classroom. Once the busy ESL professional becomes familiar with the consistent design-simplicity of an MGE movie lesson, both lesson planning and class management become easier! Having spent many a weary hour designing movie lessons, often through trial and error, I've come to appreciate this benefit, first hand.

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-- Great Expectations

ON THE MENU BAR:
Teacher - Whole-Movie Lessons
contains pedagogical rationale and general suggestions for using movies to both teach and learn English interactively. This is a must-read for ESL teachers who want detailed information about how movies can be used to interactively motivate students in the classroom. Featured Whole-Movie lesson! is an example of a typical whole-movie lesson.

Short-Sequence Lessons (new in 2013) is a small but growing collection of complete 5-page short-sequence movie lessons designed around a 4-6 minute movie clip. Each carefully-selected clip tells a complete mini-story. Each lesson includes many of the features we've come to expect in a chapter of a typical listening or reading book. These include main idea, details, vocabulary and much more. Featured Short-Sequence Lesson! is an example of a typical short-sequence lesson.

At Teacher- Short-Sequence Lessons there is a detailed discussion of rationale, design, and use of Short-Sequence ESL movie lessons. It also has a variety of imaginative classroom activities centered around stand-alone movie chunks. Some of the best ideas were contributed by colleagues at UCLA and elsewhere. Short-Sequence includes a collection of lesson templates, the formatting and content of which can easily be replicated by cutting and pasting from portions of Whole-Movie ESL Lessons. Ultimately, I hope the lesson models at MGE inspire teachers to find a million ways to create and use amazing Short-Sequence Lessons.

Classroom Guidelines offers specific strategies for selecting movies, developing a proactive classroom environment where students are motivated to learn, and managing precious class time when using movies. Student FAQs asks questions that students typically ask about how movies can help them learn English.

The 5000+ - word Movie Vocabulary List, also on the menu bar, cross-references vocabulary from all the whole-movie and short-sequence ESL lessons at Movies Grow English. As a database-in-progress, it has become a growing corpus of formal, idiomatic, and slang expressions found in every-day, academic, and professional English. My fond expectation is that this resource may one day be used for ESL research. The Academic Word List is a handy reference page of the 570 most-commonly used words used across the academic invironment (Averil Coxhead 2000)

Assessments contains both an HTML and a PDF version of sample Assessment and Grading questions. These questions can be easily copied over to a test instrument, or simply used as example questions.

Kool 4 Kidz, hosted by Theresa Q, brings together all things kids love about movies and turns them into lessons for learning English. Parents know that the best Kidz movies are usually the ones that the grown ups also love. Since Movies Grow English was admitedly created by a grown up (me), you guessed it, the kidz movies at Movies Grow English are also Kool 4 adults.

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-- A World Community of Ideas

The Lone Ranger and Tonto posterON THE MENU BAR:
Forum
has grown into a treasury of student and teacher posts covering specific movies and ideas for using movies in the ESL classroom. If you're a student or teacher looking for a movie suggestion, the Forum can be a good friend. It has tons of informed opinions on many of the movie lessons offered at MGE as well as recommendations for other movies. The forum has received about 50,000 visits. There are about 1600 posts from more than 500 members.

Please note: At the Forum, to POST/EDIT a comment or start a new thread, you must first register and become a member. When registering, you are asked to enter the "secret word" (to avoid *spam*). The word is syzygy. Please feel welcome to register at the Movies Grow English Forum and post your comments.

Blog is where I get to express my ongoing rants about movies, movies and ESL, and the movie industry. For example, a July, 2013 entry entitled "What's Wrong with The Lone Ranger" expresses why I think it's actually one of the best movies of the 2013 summer despite a poor showing at the box office.

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-- Feel and Share the Buzz

Would you like to know how other teaching professionals and students feel about MGE? Please visit Testimonials to read about their experiences with the site and how they have discovered movies to be a powerful catalyst for teaching and learning English. There are glowing validations, which are always appreciated by yours truly, but other comments describe how the site was used, and some offer suggestions for improving Movies Grow English. You are welcome to share how you feel about Movies Grow English by contacting my email address at Feedback.

Link on the menu bar to the left is a hub that connects to a wide selection of recommended ESL and movie-industry websites. It also connects to a growing library of MGE resource handouts. Please let me know if you'd like to recommend your own favorite ESL or movie links.

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-- Imagine the Freedom

ESL movie lesson plans here at MGE along with supporting material are designed to provide motivational language enhancement for English learners and to streamline time-management for the busy ESL professional both in planning and in the use of classroom time. If you're looking for ESL and movies, it's all happening here at Movies Grow English. I am confident that as the destination expands, it will prove ever more useful and fun. Content is added and refined on a daily basis, so please bookmark www.moviesgrowenglish.com. and visit often. Whether you purchase lessons here at Movies Grow English or find your own ways to use movies in the classroom, I sincerely hope this website has contributed to your experience with movies and ESL/EFL. Thanks for visiting!

MGE can be reached at: my e-mail address

Please note: MGE recognizes that movies are intellectual property. MGE supports the legal and fair distribution of movie content. At the whole-movie portals (linked from above and below), the actual movies can be legally and securely purchased or rented through Amazon™. Netflix, Blockbuster and other companies also offer legal options. In addition, the public library may have movies for checkout.

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HIGHER LEVEL LESSONS

2001: A Space Odyssey
Argo
Avatar
The Avengers
A Beautiful Mind
Blood Diamond
Bowling for Columbine
Cloud Atlas
Crash
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Dark City
The Dark Knight
Dead Poets Society
Donnie Brasco
Gladiator
Good Will Hunting

The Great Debaters
The Great Gatsby
I love You Man
Inception
Iron Man
The Kings Speech
Limitless
Matchstick Men
The Matrix
Million Dollar Baby
Much Ado About Nothing
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Prestige
Prometheus
Rain Man
Rango
Ratatouille
The Rock
Shakespeare in Love
The Shawshank Redemption
The Social Network
Training Day
Tropic Thunder
The Truman Show
V for Vendetta
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL LESSONS

The 40 Year-Old Virgin
2012
The Adjustment Bureau
Almost Famous
American Beauty
American History X
Blackhawk Down
Blue Crush
Casablanca
Chef
The Chronicles of Riddick
The Descendants
The Devil Wears Prada
Erin Brockovich
Falling Down
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Forrest Gump
High Fidelity
Hotel Rwanda
Hugo
Internship
Into the Wild
It's a Wonderful Life
Last of the Mohicans
The Lone Ranger
Lost Horizon
The New World
Premium Rush
Pulp Fiction
Quantum of Solace
Rat Race
The Royal Tenenbaums
Super Size Me
Tangled
The 3rd Man
Tin Cup
Unstoppable
Vertical Limit
A Walk in the Clouds
WALL-E
When Harry Met Sally

LOWER-LEVEL LESSONS

21
Across the Universe
The Artist
Black Swan
Bringing Down the House
Cars
Contact
Contagion
Cowboys & Aliens
Deep Blue Sea
Enchanted
The Expendables
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Finding Nemo
Groundhog Day
The Hangover
Hero
The Hunger Games
The Iron Giant
It Happened One Night
John Carter
Jurassic Park
Kung Fu Panda 2
L.A. Story
Life of Pi
Little Miss Sunshine
New York Stories (Part 3)
Nim's Island
Planes
Ponyo
Pushing Tin
School of Rock
Slumdog Millionaire
Spirited Away
Toy Story 3
Transformers
Up
Without a Paddle
The Wizard of Oz

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