Using Videos in the ESL Classroom
Transcript of Using Videos in the ESL Classroom
Beth Allen and Pat FahrnerJanuary, 2009
AgendaAdvantages of using media in classSome recommended stepsWhat about music?Potential applicationsCreate a lesson around a songHow to use Smart room equipment
Types of clipsSpeechCommercialMovie sceneSongTV episodeOthers???
Advantages of media in classGood listening activity with visual and audio
makes it real lifeYou can introduce pop culture or famous
people and eventsUsually, the conversation and pace are
natural – exposure to natural American English usage
Tracking conversations between 2 or more people adds complexity
Advantages of media in classPlot and scenery makes it more realisticGood opportunity for students to act out the
scene after the clipGood opportunity for discussion about the
topicVoices are different from the teacher’sVocabulary is usually rich; you can scaffold
the new words
Some recommended stepsBefore class
Pick a movie clip that you want to useGet the free script from
http://www.script-o-rama.com/table2.shtml or the site of your choice
Copy the parts of the script that you want to use Create a vocabulary buildup, an introduction
document, cloze of the scene, copies of the script, comprehension questions , and discussion questions(or a subset of these)
Some recommended stepsIn class
Explore the students’ familiarity with the topicCloze exercise to present plot and background
information about the clipPlay the clip as many times as the students wish to
complete another cloze exercise about the sceneHave students practice the scene in pairsHave students volunteer to act out the scene in
front of the classComprehension questions and/or discussion
What about music?Good for holidays, grammar topicsTo find free lyrics go to
http://www.songlyrics.comFind a video of someone singing the song at
Youtube.com. People like Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, and Barbra Streisand are easy to understand and there is often a close-up clip of them singing the song.
The rhythm of a song is easy to remember. Many times, it sounds like natural speech.
How to create a lesson around a songOpen MS Word and an Internet sessionIn your internet session, go to www.songlyrics.com
Search for “I’d like to teach the world to sing” Click on the title under song matches Highlight the lyrics On the menu,
Go to MS Word. You will have a new blank document open.
On the ribbon, click on PasteScan the lyrics for new vocabularyMake your cloze exercise for the song by replacing
some words with a blank
Go to youtube.com to find the video clip (continued)Go to youtube.com to find the video clip
In your internet session, go to www.youtube.com to find a clip
Type “I’d like to teach the world to sing” in the search box and click on Search
Try different clips to see what you like best. For class, we’ll demonstrate. We picked http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=wVa0WPVuEOITo make the clip take up the whole screen click on
the icon below the video clip Hit ESC to return to the smaller version
Save the url to a document on your flash drive so you can get to the site quickly.
Why should you use Smart Room equipment?Great opportunity for variety
Students need more than the teacher writing on the board
Easy access to the internetThe document camera, if you have one, is easy
and environmentally correctWhat can you do if you don’t have a Smart Room?
Ask your IT support for a portable Smart cartAsk your supervisorWhat else?
Additional suggestion: Ask for and use time in a computer lab.
How to use Smart room equipmentThere is a laminated card in each classroom that
explains how to use the equipmentOn the teacher’s computer, go to the internetCopy the url from the saved document on your flash
driveTurn on the projector
Make sure the pc is the active piece of equipmentNow, everyone in class can see what is on the teacher’s
computer on the screen in the front of the classYou can use your electronic copy of the cloze to fill in
the correct answersOr
If you have one, have the students come to the document camera to fill in the blanks.
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