A movie is a learning vehicle that uses visual and audial devices to convey information. Therefore, it can be especially recommended for visual and audial learners. Still, it can be used by any student as a study tool to enhance the learning process not in the usual manner. A recent survey shows that young people watch at least 10 movies every month. So why not mix business with pleasure? Here are some ideas.
Learn a foreign language
If you are sick and tired of cramming vocabulary and struggling to master grammar, take a break, enjoy some good movie and improve your foreign language at the same time. Movies aren’t made for the language learners, but for the native speakers. That’s why the language in them is natural. You’ll hear a real accent and intonation, so you can practice your pronunciation by repeating some phrases. At first, you can use subtitles for better understanding. Try to get the meaning of the whole picture, not every word. Write down the idioms, some words or expressions, the examples of common slang and review your notes later. What is more, movies provide a cultural insight into the country whose language you’ve been learning.
Learn more about different professions
If you are a school graduate who hasn’t yet decided on your future profession, cinematography can be helpful. You can discover any area of work. If you are interested in medicine, watch a TV series “House”, if you are passionate about sports, watch some movie dedicated to it, like “The Blind Side” or “Remember the Titans”. Many films are based on the biographies of famous people that reached success in different fields. You can see the branches of industry from the inside. Of course, scenes can be idealized, so make more research on the profession you liked after watching the movie.
Learn from documentaries
A documentary is a movie based on the attempts to document reality. In general, these movies are focused on real life and describe the events that actually happened. You can find a documentary on any subject of your curriculum. They are great tools for learning art, economics, history, literature, nature, politics, psychology, science, sports etc. Visit Topdocumentaryfilms.com, Documentarystorm.com, Teachwithmovies.org, bbc.com to find the documentary for your need. Remember that documentaries can lie to discredit some person or organization. Still most of them are non-biased and worth watching.
Broaden your outlook
Movies can make people more intelligent. Some of them can help you learn if you can separate facts from fiction. In this way, you train critical thinking. Many documentaries present many other fascinating fields except the educational one. They are the lifestyle, traveling, culture, religion, business, technological progress etc. You can expand your knowledge and experience, thus to increase the awareness of the world around you beyond your own direct experience. A movie appeals to the viewer’s heart and soul with the abundance of sentiments and invokes humanity and empathy. Or it touches the mind and makes mental cogs work to wake up consciousness. Good movies are always thought-provoking or motivating. Watching them is one of the best methods of self-education.