Since the fall of 2013, there has been a regular activity called ‘Movie Night’ held by Washburn faculty member Larry McFall.
McFall holds the event 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 student to keep them working on their English.”
McFall also holds Sunday afternoon culture discussions for international students to improve their English. IN recent semesters, however, he has been teaching basic level students who need a higher level of English to appreciate the movie discussions. So in recent semesters the students who came to the event heard about it through word of mouth.
“They aren’t my students,” said McFall. “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.”
The hardest thing for McFall and his family is saying goodbye to so many friends that 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, Japan, Saudi Arabia, or wherever their home may be, ever again.
“Saying goodbye is one of the most difficult things in this life,” McFall said.
He also sais that he is thankful and that he enjoys the time with the students.