Even in The Good Father by Noah Hawley there’s stuff to do with language learning.
The son comes into contact with Mexicans. He picks up swearwords. Chinga tu madre. Pendeho. Hoto. Their nickname for him, Cabron, means ‘asshole’.
His father, a rheumatologist, explains how doctors balance the literal and the intuitive to diagnose. Right brain and left brain. If too methodical, then there’s no imaginative leap. If too instinctive, then some important criteria might get overlooked.
In class, I try to get across the idea of collecting sentences. Some are starting to get it: vocabulary as sentences, not merely words.