The Effectiveness of Reading Stories Based on Movies

By Izumi Miyashita

Japanese English language learners at my school are hooked on reading stories based on the Marvel movies. These are available in the newly published Marvel readers series. Introducing these stories based on movies ("movie stories") into your reading program will add variety to your classroom. A.S, a high school second-year student, states that the movie stories that she already knows are fun to read and boost her motivation to read English books.Movies are a major source of entertainment. Each movie director has his or her way of expressing ideas through film. Whether you are an expert on movies or not, movie materials are beneficial to, and most of all, interesting to the learners. Let me introduce some of the ways I use them in teaching.