If you’re tired of scouring YouTube for materials to jazz up your adult English classes, then head on over to Film English. This website provides free short movies and lesson plans that will enliven interest and promote discussion among your students. By all rights, Film English should be charging premium prices for its wares but instead settles for donations from its users, which speaks miles about the generosity of the sites’s author, Kieran Donaghy. An EFL teacher based in sunny Barcelona, Donaghy is also a teacher trainer and prolific author who works tirelessly for the promotion of film in the classroom. His amazing contribution to teachers and students around the world has been recognized by the British Council and the English Speaking Union.
Each lesson is focused around a short independent film (well, mostly independent), and includes a ready made lesson plan that provides great suggestions for how to conduct the class. Unlike commercial film, which may take considerable time to prepare materials for, the films on Donaghy’s site are ideally suited for the classroom. In fact, like substitute teachers thrown into a class with next to no time to prepare, in a crunch you could even just take his lessons as is and have an hour’s worth of work to do with your students.
The films on offer come with varying amounts of dialogue, from none to downright chatty, and cover a variety of themes, from the absurd to the tragic – and there’s rarely one that doesn’t touch your heart in some way or another. So, no matter the ability of your students, it won’t be hard to find something appropriate for your classes.