We’re studying ‘Twelve Angry Men’ in year 12 ESL, which is a play about a jury’s deliberations in a murder case. We’ve seen the Henry Fonda movie, we’ve read through the play and we’re halfway through seeing the made-for-tv movie with Jack Lemmon as Juror #8. Today’s lesson was just about answering some comprehension questions.
Razi asked if in Australia murder trials are decided by judges only or if juries were involved. When I said that juries were integral, he was very disturbed.
“I don’t think that a good idea at all!” he said.
“So the whole of Australia is wrong and you’re right, is that it?” I said, laughing.
“It wouldn’t be the first time,” he said.
Brian is another of my ESLs, a Korean boy who is petrified today because tonight is Parent/Teacher night and his father is coming. Brian’s fairly relaxed about his studies, which clearly doesn’t go down well with his parents.
“I was going to hide the Parent/Teacher envelope but my Mum got to the mail before I did,” he said in class yesterday.
“What are you going to do when your Dad comes home, Brian?” Stefi asked.
“I don’t know… I think I’ll run away to the library,” he said.