Finding Forrester

Good morning, afternoon, evening,


watching films in class  is a great experience. 

We choose one as a "propeller" for ideas, evaluations.

Have you ever watched a film in its original language? Ever thought that just watching a film in English means acquiring the Language? 

Try to concentrate and enjoy it; follow the plot, let the film fascinate you, let the Language do its work: leaving signs, memories, in a meaningful context.  

Train yourselves to pay great attention to both, listening and written comprehension and try to line them up. Your mind will do that for you, due to its importance if you feel deeply motivated.  There are clever strategies inside ourselves,  and experiencing is the best way to find out what they are and what results they can get for us.

You have a worksheet here you can work on after watching the film.

Reply to the questions either here as a comment or as homework before coming back to class.


Enjoy your English, see you in class,


Anna - Coordinator

Source: Italian DVD cover  

Quite late reply I'm afraid, Velma.

It would be very stimulating for our pupils and students reading some more comments of yours and interacting, when in class, sending their own writings as a reply to yours.

Keep up, looking forward to reading you again!


Thank you Fabio, Homework Solution, Cristina and Giulio.

Watching films is such an enjoyable resource to acquire a Language, cinema offers this great opportunity, living for a while in a different world and being not the same anymore, but richer.  


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0 #6 Fabio Barsotti 2014-12-10 16:29
1. Their first close encounter was the consequence of a dare. People said that there, at the top floor of that building, “The Window” lived alone. And that the old man was a murderer, too. Jamal, to show fearlessness, went up and entered into, looking for something which proved his presence inside the apartment. But Forrester found him, and Jamal run away forgetting his backpack.
2. Friendship is a bond that exists in spite of everything. I have only few good friends. When I meet them, we don’t do anything of special. Our staying together is special.
3. I have written some thousands of pages, it’s my work, but nothing of “remarkable”. They contain instructions, warnings and data that people will never read. I don’t write exciting things.
0 #5 Fabio Barsotti 2014-12-10 16:27
4. Jamal loves basketball. He plays basketball with an innate ability, the same innate ability that he has in writing. But maybe he plays for himself, not for fame, not for money, not for the others. I’m not a sportsman and I’m not a sports fan. When it happens, it’s only enjoyment.
5. There are two stories, two solitude stories, in this film: that of a young man who wants to learn, and that of an old man who wants to teach. They have different needs, at the beginning. But, at the end, the roles get confused. Who’s the teacher? And who’s the student? They learn what life is from each other.
6. I think that American schools and Italian ones aren’t so similar. The sensation is that Italian schools are open to everybody, not only to excellent people. Education should be public, free and non-clerical.
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0 #3 Cristina Gianfaldoni 2014-01-01 15:28
1. Jamal Wallas is sixteen and sleeps in his bedroom in New York City, surrounded by stacks of books. He likes playing basketball with his friends near the flat of a writer, William Forrester.
2. One day after school, a boy challenges Jamal to sneak into Forrester's flat. Jamal accepts but he is surprised by Forrester and inadvertently he leaves his backpack.
3. I love writing but I'm not very good.
4. Jamal is so good at basketball that a prestigious private school, Mailor-Callow, offered him a full academic scholarship.
5. I love it when Jamal deliberately misses two free throw shots at the end of the game, costing the team the championship.
6. I liked it when Forrester reads Jamal's journals and makes editorial notes in them. The writer wants to know him deeply, because he thinks that there is something good in Jamal.
7. I think that I have little information to make a comparison between the American schools and the Italian one.
0 #2 Giulio 2013-12-20 18:20
Have you ever watched a film in its original language?
No, but a few years ago I bought an English course with some DVDs as audio-visual support and in these DVDs there are some "real life" parts.
I found them very interesting and useful to learn. :-)
0 #1 Giulio 2013-12-20 14:17
Have you ever watched a film in its original language?
Not a real movie, anyway few years ago, I bought an English course that includes some DVD as audio-visual support, some of these include a part of "real english life". As personal experience I think that those part of the films are the most interesting and the most instructive, so I totally agree with the concept that studying a language with audio-visual support is the best solution to quickly learn.

Ever thought that just watching a film in English means acquiring the Language?
Yes of course, but I think also to hear a song and watching a TV program in english language, certainly i think that it isn't possible to learn a language watching films etc. without knowing the grammatical base.

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