7 great MOVIES to ENJOY AND help YOUR ENGLISH learning too!

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Frankly there are thousands of movies to choose from both from the US and UK and I’m also going to say …India! (Yes there are many Indian films make with very good English too).

But here I want to give you just a few so that you have somewhere to start.

  1. The Social Network (2010)

Type of movie: Drama

Well if you haven’t already heard of this movie, then you better get the video now…this movie is worth following because, well simply, it’s all about you and Facebook, and chances are you are using Facebook yourself anyway and so it is of interest to you.

Suitable level: Pre Intermediate and above

 

 

  1. The Hangover (2009)

Type of movie: Comedy

Why watch this movie? Well, it’s just funny, even without the subtitles, and the actions and antics of the men out on a stag night are all so relatable, you will want to play the whole thing over and over and over again anyway just to see what they did.   By the way hangout for the credits at the end because the photos are really exceptional.

Suitable level: Pre Intermediate and above

 

  1. Toy Story (1995)

Type of movie: Cartoon and Comedy

This movie is just a downright classic when it comes to a child’s cartoon that keeps Mum and Dad laughing too.  The themes and ideas in the movie are very American and modern and frankly, I think there are a lot of expressions that are still used today frequently.

 

  1. Cast Away (2000)

Type of movie: Drama

This movie is surprisingly interesting because 90%  of it is just Tom Hanks stuck on an island and trying to survive. I would recommend this movie for lower level students however as there is not a lot of talking except at the very beginning and the end, so when there is dialogue, you are ready for it and listen very intently.

Suitable level: Elementary and above

 

  1. Twilight (2008)

Type of movie: Drama and Romance

A lot of people hated this movie because it was so teenage, but honestly, on the other side of things the book really turned teenagers onto reading who had never read a book before, and the same can be said for those who aren’t interested in English. This has so many long lingering moments, you will have plenty of time to decipher what they are saying, and when you do, your little heart will go boom-boody-boom-boody-boom…just how you like it.

Suitable level: Pre Intermediate and above

 

  1. Forrest Gump (1994)

Type of movie: Drama and comedy

This film actually won best movie of the year back in 1994, and many people wondered why because it was so simple and about someone who was equally simple. But that is the reason why it is very suitable for ESL students, because the messages are very uncomplicated and direct.  If you want to analyse this movie more deeply, there are a lot more complex ideas involved in it, but for the sake of ESL it’s really very suitable for picking up those everyday phrases and ideas.

Suitable level: Elementary and above

 

  1. The Artist (2011)

Type of movie: Drama

This won an academy award in 2011 and is well worth it. One of its features is that it is actually silent, so totally of interest to ESL students particularly low level ones. It is hard to imagine how such a movie could have been so popular in today’s era of high action and special effects, but the story comes alive through the magic of the silence.

Suitable level: Elementary and above

Got any other movies? Let me know…

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