FAQ About ESL Classes on Film


Q: What does ESL stand for?

A: You may see a church from time to time offering a class in conversational English for immigrants—helping them make sense of a world in which an unfamiliar tongue is spoken. Similarly, ACTS Church Lakeline is offering this class to help people make sense of entertainment—Entertainment as a Second Language. Essentially, it is a class to help improve the media literacy and fluency of people. There are currently two different classes, Lenses (fall) and Cinema & Religion (spring).

Q: How does the informal class differ from a traditional college class or church event?

A: In essence, this 10-week class does much more than just study film aesthetics. More importantly, participants will fully examine both their personal and the societal responses to the messages found in popular movies. As such, ACTS Church Lakeline has rented theaters at The Moviehouse & Eatery as suitable classrooms for examining films in their most natural and powerful state. Unlike a movie you attend for entertainment purposes, we include a lively discussion afterward that helps us all understand the experience we have shared. Note that the church has no expectations that you participate in any other ministry, but you are invited to learn more about the ACTS Network. In light of ACTS Church Lakeline's concerns for media literacy, it seems no coincidence that the church meets at Southwest Theaters (old Alamo Drafthouse) Sundays at 10 AM.

Q: Do I have assignments if I attend the Informal Class?

A: No. We only ask that you become familiar with the course material we provide for your own sake. You can just quietly enjoy the discussion after the film or add your voice to the mix. All opinions are welcome.

Q: Do I get academic credit?

A: The class is for your own edification. However, those who attend at least seven screenings will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion upon request.

Q: Why are you examining R-rated films?

A: Our approach is not to ask if we should show films like these, but ask if these more difficult scenes and themes somehow make the film exempt from critical examination. We find that many R-rated films are in need of close, scholarly analysis. However, if you normally avoid such films, you can simply skip the screening that week.

Q: How do I register?

A: Register for the full 10-week class HERE ($85). Space is limited, so REGISTER NOW BEFORE THE CLASS IS FILLED. You will have two options each week. You can attend Sunday at The Moviehouse & Eatery in the Lantana Place Shopping Center (near Southwest Parkway and William Cannon)—the class begins at 5:30 PM. OR you can attend Monday at The Moviehouse & Eatery in the Trails of 620 Shopping Center—this class begins at 6:30 PM.

Q: May I bring someone with me?

A: We highly encourage everyone to bring guests, but all participants must register—a single class session for a guest is $10.Register a guest for any night by clicking HERE ($10).

Q: Can I order food and drinks as I normally do when watching a film?

A: Of course! But we do not pick up the tab for refreshments. Don't forget to tip your server.

Q: What if the weather is bad?

A: Check your email. We will send announcements to the email address you used in your registration if the event is postponed or canceled. You are welcome to email Philip Hohle with questions anytime.

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