Silent Films

A few years ago, I found this collection of intriguing silent films from the NY Times.  It has famous actors such as: Matt Damon, Javier Bardem, Jesse Eisenberg, and Jennifer Lawrence play in these shorts.  I bookmarked the page but had forgotten about it until recently.  As I was browsing through my TESOL convention program booklet, I found materials and a presentation on using silent films in the language classroom, which reminded me of this resource that has been so well done.

The possibilities are endless!  I think that unlike traditional black and white silent films, these will add more interest for students because they will most likely recognize at least some of the actors.

One of my favorite ways to use silent films is to teach the elements of plot. 

 

Javier Bardem in a silent film produced by the NY Times.

Javier Bardem in a silent film produced by the NY Times.