LINGUIST List 13.652

Sat Mar 9 2002

Qs: ESL & Movies, Rajasthani Language

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  1. Paul, ESL & Movies
  2. Lakhan Gusain, Rajasthani Language

Message 1: ESL & Movies

Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 18:43:13 -0500
From: Paul <>
Subject: ESL & Movies

In a previous posting, I asked for assistance compiling a
list of movies that show scenes of students and teachers in
the classroom. Thanks to all who have replied so far. (A
copy of my tentative list is included at the end of this

My intention is to compile a bibliographic resource for ESL
instructors working with international teaching assistants
(ITAs). I hope the final resource will be useful in a number
of ways. Suggestions that I have received so far include:

-an inventory of scenes that show 'good' and 'bad' teaching
-scenes which show how teaching styles in the US have
changed over time.
-scenes which show how different cultures define 'good'
-scenes which show humor in the classroom.
-scenes where teachers adapt to an individual class (away
from their planned lesson).

I would be grateful to you for a) additions to my movie
list, and b) further suggestions about how these
movies/scenes might be helpful in your work with ITAs.

Please respond to me directly:

I will post a summary of your replies.


Paul Smyth

Blackboard Jungle (1955); Born in East L. A.; Class of 1984
(1982); Conrack; Billy Madison; Dead Poets Society (1989);
Dangerous Minds; Educating Rita (1983); Election; Evolution;
Fast Times at Ridgemont High; Ferris Bueller's Day Off
(1986); Final Destination; Good Will Hunting (1997); Goodbye
Mr. Chips; High School High; Man Without a Face; Mr.
Holland's Opus (1995); ITALIENSK FOR BEGYNDERE (Italian for
Beginners), (Danish Film); Monty Python's History of the
World; Music of the Heart (?)--w/Gloria Estefan & Meryl
Streep; Nutty Professor; Paper Chase; Pay it Forward (heard
that this one is possibly a teacher/student one--haven't
seen it); Renaissance Man (1994); Teachers (1984); The
Mirror Has Two Faces; The Substitute; The Substitute 2;
Summer School; Three O'Clock High (1987); To Sir with Love

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Message 2: Rajasthani Language

Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2002 17:37:40 -0500
From: Lakhan Gusain <>
Subject: Rajasthani Language

Dear Members,

We are working on Rajasthani Language and Linguistics.
Currently, the work on Rajasthani Grammar is under process.	
I am wondering if there has been any recent work done on this
language. Your assistance will be highly appreciated.

Lakhan Gusain
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Lakhan Gusain, Ph.D.
3070 Frieze Building
Department of Asian Language & Cultures
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

Fax: (734)647-0157

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