I love cartoons. I don’t like homework. Apparently, I’m not the only one.
Just like I use Muzzy for the young children, I use Futurama with my older children. It’s funny, and it’s something they already know. The episode The Prisoner of Benda, season 6, episode 10 is legendary. It’s the only cartoon I know that created a mathematical theorem.
In my lesson, we watch simultaneously the episode in English and in Russian, always with English subtitles. I haven’t decided which way is better: first Russian, then English or vice versa. So I flip back and forth. I have the printed transcript (see below) that we compare to what we watched. The student won’t understand everything they read in English, but they’ll remember what they watched in Russian and through context will identify the English analog. And without ever having to open a dictionary.
This is a great technique that you can use with any show / movie. A great way to get the transcript is to download a subtitle file. You can do this by searching for the name of the episode/movie and .srt (the subtitle file extension). Click here for an example.
A .srt file can be opened with any word editor, but it is formatted to be read by a video player. It has time stamps and lines are separated. I used Subtitle Edit to export just the text out of the .srt file.