Connect with English is a series that brings that same effective method to speakers of other languages who are learning English. Through the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer on a ... See full summary »
Connect with English is a series that brings that same effective method to speakers of other languages who are learning English. Through the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer on a journey across America, Connect with English touches on life's important issues: leaving home, parenting, education, work, love, success, and loss. All of the characters use meaningful, natural language that viewers can put to work immediately in their own lives. Written by
If all educational television were this good, we'd be a nation in which everyone is a genius. The acting is wonderful, the storyline compelling, the characterisations are superb - nothing overblown and nothing soap-opera-esquire here -- Hollywood could take lessons. I caught this being broadcast on the Annenberg/CPB channel, and was almost instantly hooked, despite the fact that I don't really need the pedagogical element attached at the end (yet even that is interesting, to watch the reactions of those watching).
High praise goes to Karin Anglin and Willy O'Donnell, who play Rebecca and Kevin Casey, sister and brother, going through a rough patch in their lives that include the death of a parent, reconnection with long lost relatives, friends who are in trouble, and both job and school situations that are interesting and realistic. This is perhaps the real hook of the series - it is very realistic, both in its production value and its plot/character developments. The 48 episodes are not nearly enough, as one commentator has already mentioned.
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