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EFL Movie Study Guide

Facing the Giants

Facing the Giants, www.EFLsuccess.com Story:What are you living for? Americans love babies, and they love winning football teams. But Coach Taylor’s Eagles have lost for six straight years, and off the field, he can’t get his wife pregnant. With the “giants” of fear and failure defeating him in football and life, he finds inspiration in his Bible to […]

The Family Man

The Family Man, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Jack is a rich, successful stock broker. One Christmas Eve, he gets a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he had made different choices. What did he give up by not marrying his college girlfriend and raising a family? This movie will give you a lot to think about, especially […]

The Sand Lot

The Sand Lot (1); www.EFLsuccess.com Story: How do kids spend the summer in America? In this film, you’ll see July 4 fireworks and a local fair (tiny, moving amusement park), but you’ll mainly see the guys play baseball by the hour on a neighborhood sand lot (useless piece of land). Childish pranks and scary stories about […]

An American Tail

An American Tail, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: This charming Stephen Spielberg cartoon tells the story of mice who immigrate from Russia to America (in 1886, because of persecution from dangerous cats). Lured by tales of unlimited opportunity and “no cats,” the Mouskewitz family (of mice) sails to the USA. During the voyage, their son Fievel falls overboard. Then, as they try […]

Lord of the Rings–Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings (3)–The Return of the King, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Movie adaptation of JR Tolkien’s timeless novel, winning 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf and their friends are engaged in a classic struggle between good and evil, and more importantly, the struggle we each face in doing what is right for our friends, […]

The Robe

The Robe; www.EFLsuccess.com Story: A Roman officer “wins” Jesus’ robe by gambling under the cross. Soon, it seems that the robe is making him crazy. A woman’s love can’t cure his inner pain, but his slave seems to have found a solution. As the soldier sets out to destroy the robe, he discovers the truth behind […]

Sherlock Holmes: The Blind Banker

Sherlock Holmes: The Blind Banker, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: A Chinese pottery expert, a journalist, and a Hong Kong banker have seen graffiti that scares them into hiding. When the latter two turn up dead, Holmes helps the police and bank officials put the clues together, and unlock the meaning of the strange graffiti, but not before bringing […]

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: What would you do if you could live the same day over and over? A selfish TV weatherman is trapped, reliving a cold February day—will he use this “extra time” to achieve personal goals, to improve himself, or to help others? Once he takes the focus off himself, his eyes become open […]

Narnia: Lion, Witch & Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  狮王,女巫,衣橱, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Four British children (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie) go to the countryside to escape World War 2 bombing. There, they magically travel to Narnia, a land full of enchantment, epic battles and talking animals—including centaurs (half man/horse) and fauns (half man/goat) […]

Paulie

Paulie, www.EFLsuccess.com Story: Paulie is a parrot (鹦鹉) whose mouth keeps getting him in (and out) of trouble. Separated from the little girl he loves, Paulie flies across the USA, and (along with lots of laughs) lets us experience several aspects of American culture, including a look at life for immigrants, Hispanic people, senior citizens, […]

Monthly English Corner & Weekly Quote

  • August English Corner

    This month we will look at two practical ways to improve your English. First, pick a video (i.e., movie) with a lot of action and call a friend who also wants to improve listening and speaking skills. Have one person face the TV and the other face away. Show a portion of the video but turn off the volume. The person facing the TV describes the scene to the person facing away. Then the person facing away describes what he heard. Finally, watch the video together with the sound to see how accurate you were. Than trade places, and do it again for other clips. Secondly, build up your vocabulary schema by making labels for the various objects, appliances, furniture, etc., around your home or apartment–each month, label many things you don’t know how to say in English. Every time you walk around your home you will see these labels and it will help to reinforce the vocabulary. It is also helpful to be able to associate the real object with the name in your memory. Visit again next month!  © Mark Peter, M.A. Used with permission.


    Mr. Peter was Michael’s colleague at the Agape English Language Institute of Limestone College (Columbia, SC). Throughout his career, Mark has taught English at many schools and universities, in the US and in China.
  • Aug 15

    The world seldom notices who the teachers are, but civilization depends on what they do and what they say.

    –unknown (probably some unknown teacher or a grateful student!)


    Note: A quote’s original source is not always known, and authenticity has not been verified. To find out about an author, type the name into a search engine (like Google or Baidu). One of my favorite quotations websites is: www.quotationspage.com. 51

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