Stages of Life

Louis Faurer, Accident New York City, 1952

Film, music and photography-based ESL/EFL class about the stages of life

After my last – rather academic – post about Bladerunner and optical illusions, I thought a more lighthearted approach was in order today. Saying that, it begins with a corollary to that discussion, namely the photo above, Louis Faurer’s Accident New York City (1952), which is anything but lighthearted. As with in the scene featuring Deckard’s Esper machine, it is a photograph that keeps on giving, the reflection of what might be a storefront window affording a near panorama of simultaneous activity that seems to tell two or more stories. Continue reading

The Hudsucker Proxy

Communicative English class about supply & demand, the production process, marketing and fads

This scene from the Coen Brothers’ 1994 screwball comedy The Hudsucker Proxy is one of the great comic sequences in cinema history. With a little *chunking* and judicious control of sound it has enormous potential in English as a foreign or second language classes, both for general English and, as we will see, business English. As always, the lesson plan below is just a guide and a starting point for a conversation-based language class. The clip works very well in tandem with any discussions about childhood fads/crazes, as well as the way products are marketed and sold, and can be used as a platform for fun creative activities. Some suggestions for how to follow up on this class feature below. Continue reading