FAQ About ESL Classes on Film

FAQs

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 of people.

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 the theater as a suitable classroom 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 welcome to in any case. In light of ACTS Church'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.

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 a 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 on the ACTS Lakeline Pushpay site (you can pay here. Be sure and select "Entertainment as a Second Language" from the drop-down menu. Each week, you will have to reserve a seat if you plan to attend the next week's screening. The form opens on Tuesday mornings. Unclaimed seats will be made available for guests if they are not claimed 24 hours prior to the next week's movie.

Q: May I bring someone with me?

A: Yes, but all participants must register—a single class session for a guest is $15. Use this form to reserve a seat for each guest. The form will stop taking reservations after all the guest seats have been claimed, but more seats may become available 24 hours prior to the screening (those seats not claimed by full participants). Payment should be made only after the seat is reserved. Then pay here. Be sure and select "Entertainment as a Second Language" from the drop-down menu and change the amount to $15.

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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