This worksheet accompanies the movie "The Soloist" starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr
This has two parts to it. The first part consists of 6 questions all on the subject of homelessness. The students get 20 minutes to complete this part, then discuss together as a class. The idea is that the students become familiar with everyone else's ideas and opinions on homeless people and mental illness.
The second part consists of 27 questions to be answered after the movie. Students are required to make notes to help complete this part.
This movie is based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who developed schizophrenia and became homeless and his encounter with a journalist from the L.A Times who wants to write a story about him.
How can movies help students learn English?
Learning from movies is motivating and enjoyable
- Sometimes students need a change in style, and movies are generally an integral
part of a student's life.
Movies provides authentic and varied language
- It's always a good idea to introduce students examples of English in real
situations. This includes accents different to your own.
Movies gives a visual context
- This gives the student the ability to interpret the language in full visual context.
To see such visual supports as facial expressions and gestures simultaneously.
Variety and flexibility
- Movies can also act as a springboard for follow-up tasks such as discussions,
debates on social issues, role plays, reconstructing a dialogue or summarising.
As always, an answer sheet is included
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