Friday, July 26, 2013

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA AND ITS REDEFINITION OF DIFFERENCE

In the projection room.
It is an inevitable part of teachers' fate to desperately rack their brains over which film will be most stimulating for their students as well as related to the topics discussed in class. In my case, it once again proved that the simplest idea never fails to do the trick, since the computer animation film 'Hotel Transylvania' managed to appeal to students whose age ranged from 11 to 15 years old.



The dialogues are pretty straightforward, the story is undoubtedly hilarious and the underlying messages constitute a springboard for thought-provoking classroom discussions.

With English subtitles.

Of course, 'entertainment' comes with a price, this being the blogging missions students have to carry out at home or in the computer room, having watched parts of the film or all of it. The missions can be done in a separate post on the class blog or answered as a comment under the current post.





This is the official trailer to jog the memory, first!



For students of D' and E' Class (A2+/ B1 level):

A) Answer one of the two questions.


Humans are not supposed to be able to visit Hotel Transylvania. It’s supposed to be an escape for monsters only. If you could visit Hotel Transylvania, would you keep the secrets of the monsters living there? Why or why not? (From teachhub.com)

What is your opinion of the staff, food and accommodation in Hotel Transylvania? Write a short review.

B) You can now play the following games. (From Scholastic.com)


For students of FCE/ ECCE class and CPE/ ECPE class (B2 and C2 level):

Write a short essay answering these questions:

How is difference illustrated in the film and what is so unexpected about it?

Is it justified to be prejudiced against and afraid of those who are different from us?

How is irrational prejudice created?

Till the next film, let's all blog! 
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