*A quote is something in quotation marks (“ ”) to show that
it is exactly what someone wrote or said.
(Watch for more guides to come; in the meantime, there are LOTS of
discussion questions in our Movie Study Guides!)
How to use these discussion guides:
Note to small group leaders: Begin by asking a
numbered discussion question. Try to get everyone in your group to answer
before you (or a group member) read the quotations. After each quotation,
talk about or ask someone to look up unfamiliar words or phrases. Ask the
teacher for help if needed! If you have time, ask a group member to
re-phrase each quote in his/her own words. Then move on to the next
discussion question. We’ll rearrange the groups after about 15 minutes.
But this isn’t a “race” to finish the page first—the goal is to TALK in
ENGLISH as much as possible about these ideas and quotes!
Note to teachers or English Corner leaders: To lead this
discussion with more than 10 people, I encourage you to train students in
advance to lead subgroups. A few days before the large "English Corner,"
go over the quotes and questions with your "leaders" and answer their
questions. Those below "band 4 level" will have difficulty with the
language, so encourage the leaders to simplify the quotes or to present
paraphrases or translations. Then, when leading the larger English Corner,
I present the first section as a large group discussion, and then we break
into smaller groups. My student-leaders ask the questions, encourage
discussion, and then read/discuss the quotes. After 15-20 minutes, we all
come back together, get feedback on what the groups discussed, and then
encourage participants to find a different group to join. This discussion
guide was created for use in China, but could be adapted to any group of
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