I mentioned my three weeks of speaking tests last time. This was one of the most popular topics: movies. After listening to students talk about movies, it made me regret even giving them this option.
Avengers was probably the most spoken about movie. I was sick of hearing about it…seriously. Pretty much all the students asked me some rendition of “have you seen Avengers?” I have never seen Avengers…and from most of my students’ summaries I wouldn’t want to see it. Only one student gave a fair description of it; he was the only student that talked about Avengers that received an A.
In regards to who is the best hero and why…
- “Captain America. He is handsome. (or) Good body.”
- “Iron man. Rich”
- “Iron man. He…like this!” (and does motions several motions with sound effects..including a mini run in front of the table)
In regards to who is the bad guy…most students couldn’t even tell me who the bad guy was or why they were bad. A few said “fight” or “attack” but they couldn’t tell me why when I prompted further.
In conclusion, I didn’t learn very much about the movie. This is pieced together from all of my Avenger-topic students (minus the best): Avengers is their favorite movie because it’s fun. There are many heroes and a bad guy/aliens from space who came to NY. The heroes fight a bad guy/aliens and win. Most students watched it in theaters last year with friends or family. The people they went with liked the movie, too.
A popular movie among the girls was a Korean movie titled 썬이 (Sunny).
This is what I heard about it…pieced together from basically all the students that discussed Sunny: “It’s very touching. 6, 7, or 8 (?) girls go to high school. Very good friends. They dance. It’s sad. One girl dies…very sick. Not new movie. Happy end.” At least 10 girls talked about this movie; the only details I’m missing that they told me are the actresses’ names. From what I could gather, it doesn’t sound like my kind of movie.
This next movie is probably the most interesting and it came from one of my boy students. I believe it’s a foreign film (not a Korean movie). Here’s our conversation (after his brief intro of his name and his topic and the movie title):
- “There are two gay men. They are love but one man is married.”
- “To who?”
- “He is married a woman… Then, the other man eat man’s wife.”
- He was still talking, but I stopped him…”eat?” (and make the motion of eating food).
- He kind of grinned and said. “No….”
- …confused…”not eat?”
- “…Sex…. “
- “So man is angry and kill other man.” (possibly he said the wife, too, but I can’t remember)
- “Why do you like this movie?”
- “It’s not children movie.”
- “Where did you see it?”
- “At home”
- “With who?”
- ….”Is it porno?”
- …slightly embarrassed grin and small nod
He got a ‘B’.