1. What is the course about?
This course is about movies and TV programs. You will learn how to talk about them while giving your opinions. The course covers elements within both as well as structures for talking about them.
2. What kind of materials are included?
There are regular sections with lectures that include regular information, dialogues, cultural notes, quizzes, and supplemental material, which has videos and a glossary.
The lectures are delivered via video files and then you also have the related PowerPoint files as supplemental files attached to each lecture and quiz. Each quiz supplemental include explanations of the answers for that particular quiz.
All of the supplemental material is downloadable so as to make it easier for students to use it with the video files. If you wish to make the listening more difficult, you can watch the videos without using the supplemental material.
3. How long will the course take to complete?
The course should take approximately 5-10 hours depending on the amount of review a student does.
4. How is the course structured?
. Movie Types
. Movie elements (storyline/plot, characters, camera work, special effects)
. Other movie elements (setting, background music, pace)
5. Why take this course?
Most people want to be able to talk about movies and TV programs as they are common popular topics. After completing this course, you will easily be able to start discussing TV and movie themes and give your opinions about them. You will also better understand about different elements of movie and TV program types and use them comfortably.
This introductory lecture explains about the parts of movies that will be covered in this course: types, characters, camera work, storyline, plot, special effects, setting, background music (BGM), pace and some cultural observations on TV programs and movies shot in other countries. After completing the course, students will have the ability to fully discuss common TV program and movie elements in English.
This lecture looks at some common types used in TV programs and movies. This include action, drama, comedy, horror, documentary and science fiction (sci-fi). Students will learn about the common elements in each type of movie, and are reminded that some movies are blends having elements of two or more types.
This lecture has a sample dialogue with 2 characters talking about types of movies. Also introduces the phrases; 'not into something', 'What's playing?', and 'Sounds good'.
This quiz reviews movie types.
This lecture defines the terms storyline and plot. It also mentions how they overlap in meaning.
This dialogue shows how to use and reference the terms storyline and plot in a conversation. The terms powder, mortician, funeral, operating in that area, and perp.
Students learn how about the types of characters played by actors in TV programs and movies. The terms cameo role, supporting role, main role, and extra are introduced.
The lecture shows the student how to discuss characters in a movie.
This quiz reviews elements of the storyline/plot and character.
This is the first of three cultural lectures. These lectures provide additional insight into some types of TV programs and movies produced around the globe. This lecture references the term sarcasm .
This lecture explains about camera work. It introduces to the student the terms; fish eye lens, panning, close ups, foreground, and background.
This lecture shows students how to talk about aspects of camera work in a dialogue example. It also explains the terms; previews, seems repetitive, and peephole.
This lecture briefly introduces the area of special effects in movie and TV work.
This quiz reviews camera work and special effects vocabulary and related issues.
This lecture briefly explains the concept of setting and shows three different examples of settings that are used in film and TV work.
This dialogue further shows the use of terms related to special effects and setting. It also explains the terms quirky, oddball, narrating, gimmicky, shot on location, and local wages.
This lecture explains about BGM and how it is used to presell movies and TV programs.
This lecture explains about the use of pace in movies and TV programs and how it can vary in different parts of a film or program.
This lecture includes a dialogue that shows people talking about BGM and pace. This dialogue also explains the expressions flashbacks and 'stay in one place'.
Another cultural lecture explaining about some differences with Korean and Japanese films and TV programs.
This quiz reviews elements of setting, background music, and pace in films and TV programs.
Another cultural lecture explaining an element of Bollywood as well as love triangles in Korean dramas and flying bullets in Hong Kong gangster flicks. The expressions inordinate and intended target are also explained.
The course concludes in this lecture. A review of aspects learned is given for all the lectures from types, characters, pace, storyline and plot to pace, special effects, and BGM.
This a review of the answers to quiz 1 with brief explanations for each answer. Explanations are given concerning movie types.
This lecture shows answers for the 2nd quiz on storyline, plot and characters. It gives brief explanations about why other choices might be less than perfect choices.
This lecture reviews quiz 3 which covered camera work and special effects. Explanations also cover reasons why alternate choices are not as accurate.
This helps students to review quiz 4 covering setting, BGM, and pace. Explanations cover the reasons why the answers were chosen and thus ruled out other alternative answers.
I am an EFL lecturer with over 20 years of experience teaching presentations, public speaking, business English and oral English. I have lived and worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the longest, Japan. I enjoy traveling and using some technology.
I previously worked in the marketing/promotions field, and thus will be offering business English related courses in the future, as well as general English classes.
I truly believe technology is driving the learning process for all learners and makes material for educating ourselves available at all times. In turn, teachers have access to these same tools and can assist the learning process and make more for more efficient teaching.