Of course, we are big fans of video. It is the new “text” and something that instantly engages students and transforms the language classroom into a place full of real, meaningful language.
We have over 10,000 video lessons, all with transcripts and subtitles/text. Our video editors are second to none and they produce only the very best videos for language learning and education. However, that is only half of the story. Half of the work. The rest is up to you.
Students must Watch | Learn | Speak and study the vocabulary. Teachers must organize the video lessons / learning for students, choosing what will work for their students.
In this vein, here is a fail safe lesson that both students and teachers will enjoy beyond belief. The “video appreciation” lesson.
It is really simple. Do the following.
1. Select 4 high quality videos (about 1 to 3 minutes in length) for students to watch. Tell them they are to watch them as video critics.
2. Play each video for a few moments. Stop and let the students guess what it is about.
3. Watch the whole video. Stop where it makes sense and ask students to predict what will happen next.
4. Hand out one of the Video Appreciation sheets (see below). Go over the categories.
5. Watch the video again and have students fill out the sheet and after discuss in a small group.
6. Turn over the sheet and repeat with the next video.
It’s fun. It’s full of great language to learn. It is engaging for students of any level. Plus, the students can study the videos on their own afterward on EnglishCentral!
Try these 4 videos for intermediate level students!