From the fall of 2013, there is a regular activity called ‘Movie Night’ that hold by Larry McFall. This activity is placed at his house every Friday night.
“In talking with my Intensive English students before and after classes, I learned that many of them really enjoyed movies,” said McFall. “I thought the ‘Movie Night’ might provide a fun but safe social outlet for the students and keep them working on their English.” Besides, McFall also hold Sunday afternoon culture discussions for international students to improve their English.
McFall started with invitations to students who were in his classes. However, in recent semesters he have been teaching basic level students who need to have a higher level of English to appreciate the movie discussions. So in recent semesters the students who have come have heard simply by word of mouth.
“They aren’t my students. I’m actually very happy about this because I know in some cultures, a student might feel obligated to come to an activity sponsored by his or her teacher. We want the students who come to come out of their own desire and not a sense of obligation to their teacher,” he said.
The hardest thing for McFall and his family is saying goodbye to so many friends they have come to know. Most of the students they meet are only here for a semester or two. He may never see his friends who have gone back to China or Japan or Saudi Arabia or Senegal or Bangladesh or wherever again.
“Saying goodbye is one of the most difficult things in this life. That’s why death is so hard,” he said.
McFall said he will not stop ‘Movie Night’ until the students stop coming to his house. He enjoy and thankful for the time that with his students.