Learning a new language is never an easy, especially at the junior and senior high school level. At this level it is for the sake of academic performance and this can make the process harder because academic is more abstract than a young mind can grasp. Compare this to an adult learning a new language and you’ll see the difference.
An adult may want to learn English to be able to speak to foreigners in country, perhaps for travel or even professional goals. These goals are concrete, the results are obvious: If I learn English I can speak to foreigners, be understood easily abroad or advance my career.
In comparison, learning English in school has no concrete result other than a passing mark and an admission credit towards post-secondary education. So how do you we change their perspective?
The answer is simple enough: Give the students a concrete goal to learn English.
In the case of junior high school students, part of the year is devoted towards making a movie, from script to screen. In this the students can make their own story, write their own dialogue which they will practice speaking in front of a camera: My English, my movie.
Each year produces different results as students’ levels vary from year to year, however the overall results have been promising. The next set of movies will be filmed next month.