ESL-Iron Man Movies to Help Communicate With Future U.S. Friends at University

You worked hard to learn English to join a university in the U.S. But, if you can't watch an American movie in English without subtitles, you may not understand your new U.S. friends. Use Iron Man movies to learn conversational English.
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Understand the conversational language and figurative language used by characters in the movie, "Iron Man."

Be able to understand the conversation in the YouTube video clips without using subtitles.  The purpose is to improve your ability to join (and understand) conversations with U.S. students and friends when you attend a U.S. University.

Understand when a character in the movie is using slang and curse words which are considered to be objectionable by many people.  Learn when it is, and is not, appropriate to use this language. (See the Parental Guidance section.)

Understand acronyms and unfamiliar terms in "Iron Man.'

Have something in common to discuss with your U.S. friends who also love the movie, "Iron Man."

I've been a public school teacher and an online ESL teacher for a combined ten years.
I've earned a B.S in Education.
I've earned a TESOL certificate.
I'm a native English speaker.
I've been an ESL teacher to Chinese students aged 5 to 18 for four years and taught over 2000 classes.
Concurrently, for five years I have been an ESL teacher to Japanese adult students.
For four years I've taught using movies and YouTube clips to help students participate well in conversations with native English speakers.

-Review the lesson once a day during the week following the lesson.  You'll want to be able to watch the YouTube movie clip of the week as many times as it takes for you to understand everything without subtitles.  
-Complete the comprehension questions the teacher sends every week.
-Contact the teacher if you have questions or comments regarding the lesson.
A handout containing information on the characters in the movie, "Iron Man" along with a synopsis, and the text of the script for the YouTube video clip will be sent out before the first class.  You will benefit the most from this list if you print it out, bring it to each class, and refer to it every day when you are viewing the video clip.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
"Iron Man" is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.
"Parents Strongly Cautioned.  Parents are urged to be cautious.  Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers."

PG-13 movies sometimes include curse words that are considered to be objectionable by many people.  Foreign students often are unaware that a word used in the movie might be offensive.  Pointing out the word as being possibly offensive will be done to prevent the student from using a term and getting into a surprisingly awkward situation.   I will not define the word.  
You do not need to be able to access YouTube.  The YouTube video clips will be embedded into the presentation.


Nancy Daybreak
Lives in the United States
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Hello and welcome!  
My name is Nancy Daybreak.   I like to think that every day is a new adventure!

Over time, I’ve developed skills and experience as a public-school and online teacher including curriculum development, as an international... 
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