Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Get the most of the videos in the ESL Class

There are many things we can do with videos in the ESL class to actively involve children into the language learning.

By using videos we are introducing children into a different listening experience far away from recorded conversations of people they never see (telephone practice, loudspeakers in an airport or in a train station...).

With videos we are adding a new aural dimension: action, images, gestures, emotions, all sorts of visual aids and stimulus language comprehension, language production and practice. We are also allowing lower level students to be creative in the classroom. It is a stepping stone to fun and communicative activities.

Few days ago, I had the fortune to watch a Power Point made by David Deubelbeiss (Professor at Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University –Ontario, Canada-), titled “50 ways to use a video in the classroom”.

Professor Deubelbeiss demonstrates a wide variety of activities you can carry on in your ESL class. Each one has got a link to a video from which you can get tones of activities to exploit them. Some of them are specifically for very young learners, some other for elementary or high school ones, but you can always adapt them according to your criterion.

You will find different ways to go further in your teaching goals. You can use videos as writing or speaking prompts, as a hook or vocabulary builder, as a practice of the 5 W’s, as a shadowing, as a practice of instructive language, and so on.

I really recommend you to have a look. They are already in my “Special Bank of Activities

You can use it in different ways:
1. Pause ask what is the right animal.
2. Watch, students write down the names of all the animals. Then organize or write sentences using "can" A monkey can.... etc...
3. Sing the song/rewrite the song using different animals.
4. Make/draw Wingdingdongdilly's (animals with different body parts). Discuss as a group to review body part vocab.
5. Just enjoy!

 Thank you David!

1 comment:

  1. Enric,

    You are welcome and I hope in my small way to get teachers to think of video as more than just a cold media (to use McLuhan's phrase) that captivates and which we turn on so students tune out. It is alive and active if used well, just like pages of a book or photos in the hand of a teacher.

    thanks for the mention.