Teachers turn to movies to enhance English classes
Yomiuri -- Mar 16
How could anyone resist studying English if Audrey Hepburn were the teacher?
In a bid to attract students to English, a group of teachers nationwide is set to establish the Academy of Movie English on Saturday to promote greater use of movies in the classroom.
A "Movie English Academy Awards" for feature films that are deemed appropriate for learning English is expected to be announced that day by the organization.
In conjunction with the introduction of new national education guidelines in April that recommend all high school English classes be taught entirely in English in principle, teachers of the new organization hope movies will play a bigger role in the classroom as a teaching tool.
Akira Matsuba, a teacher at Nagoya municipal Hirabari Middle School, often uses "Roman Holiday," starring Audrey Hepburn, in his class. "The magic of movies sweeps away students' allergy to English," he said.
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