We were working with giving and following directions today (turn right, turn left, go straight . . . etc.). I had students pretend to drive cars while I showed them projected road signs and told them to turn or go straight. Then, I had them close their eyes, listen to my directions and do what I told them to do. As I was preparing the lesson, I remembered the scene from “Scent of a woman” in which the blind man (Al Pacino) drives a car. I wondered about showing the clip in class. My initial thought was that the audio was in English, and it would serve no purpose. But, I changed my mind and showed the clip. Why? Context. Students watched the video and better understood the idea of driving blind, which gave them a context for closing their eyes and listening to my directions. If I’m wrong and the clip gave them no extra motivation to follow my directions, I wasted a couple minutes. I can live with that.
The clip could be used with Movie Talk to extend its value.