Based on the data and results of different surveys, it is found that studying in the authentic context that movies provides students with helps them in several ways:
(1) improve their English competence through watching, listening, speaking and writing.
(2) gain self-confidence in speaking English in front of audiences.
(3) improve their presentation skills.
(4) develop an awareness and understanding of cultures in English-speaking countries.
Students really enjoy watching movies and TV for a variety of reasons. For one, they get exposure to natural language in a non-threatening setting. Secondly, movies and video provide common ground to students of any international background. So pop yourself some popcorn and settle down in front of your TV set for some fun with movies like the one I'm focusing on at the moment, an epic tale of History's most famous ocean liner: TITANIC. If you find it hard to follow the dialogues, that's why english subtitles are for. You, my dear student, have no excuse for at whatever level of Shakespeare's language you are. Just make the most of it and watch this wonderful movie in original sound. And now let's concentrate on this wonderful film.
Deep-sea explorer Brock Lovett has reached the most famous shipwreck of all - the Titanic. Emerging with a safe believed to contain a diamond called 'The Heart of the Ocean', he discovers the safe does not hold the diamond but a drawing of a beautiful woman wearing it. When Brock is later interviewed on TV, he shows the drawing to the cameras, and a 100-year-old woman living in Michigan recognizes the woman in the drawing - herself! On a visit to Brock's explorer ship over the wreck, she tells her story of the Titanic and its ill-fated voyage: After winning a trip on the RMS Titanic during a dockside card game, American Jack Dawson spots the society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater who is on her way to Philadelphia to marry her rich snob fiancé Cal Hockley. Rose feels helplessly trapped by her situation and makes her way to the aft deck and thinks of suicide until she is rescued by Jack. Cal is therefore obliged to invite Jack to dine at their first-class table where he suffers through the slights of his snobbish hosts. In return, he spirits Rose off to third class for an evening of dancing, giving her the time of her life. Deciding to forsake her intended future all together, Rose asks Jack, who has made his living making sketches on the streets of Paris, to draw her in the nude wearing the invaluable blue diamond Cal has given her. Cal finds out and has Jack locked away. Soon after wards, the ship hits an iceberg and Rose must find Jack while both must run from Cal even as the ship sinks deeper into the freezing water. When the ship sinks on April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning, Jack dies and Rose survives and 84 years later Rose tells the story about her life on Titanic to her grand daughter and friends on the Keldysh and explains the first sight of Jack that falls into love, then into a fight for survival. When Rose gets saved by one lifeboat that comes back, they take her to the Carpathia with the 6 saved with Rose and the 700 people saved in the lifeboats. The Carpathia Immigration Officer asks Rose what her name is and she loved Jack so much she says her name is not Rose DeWitt Bukator, but her name is Rose Dawson. She seen Cal looking for her, but he doesn't see her, and they never ended up together, her mom, Cal, and friends of the family has know choice but to think that she died on the Titanic. By the time the crash of 1929 took place, Cal had already got married, but when he lost everything he had he put a pistol in his mouth and committed suicide. So Rose is an actress in the 20's, and now 84 years later Rose Calvert is 100 years old and tells her grand daughter Lizzy Calvert the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage. To Rose, all Titanic and the real love of her life, Jack Dawson, is all an existence inside of her memory, and Titanic is to rest in peace at the bottom of the North Atlantic from 1912 until the end of time.