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Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners
This blog was co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski. This post is excerpted from their new book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels. "I like the way you use videos with us -- you get us moving, talking, writing and speaking. The problem is you make us think too much." -- "John," one of our English-Language Learner students We can think of far worse things a student might say to us, and John's comment demonstrates our perspective on using video with English-Language Learners (and, for that matter, with all students) -- research and our experience show that it can be a very effective learning tool, but it has to be used as an active one. The word "active" comes from the Latin "actus," which means "a doing, a driving." Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. 1. Describe what you see: Who is doing what? 2.

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Using video 2 Your choice of video may well be limited depending on what you have available to you wherever you are so the suggested activities have been kept deliberately general. They also include several tasks where you have the sound of the video down, and you simply use the moving image. Therefore you can use programmes recorded from the TV in the country you’re in. In fact, you can get a lot of mileage out of using cartoons, soap operas or reality TV shows from the students’ country as they will be able to tell you all about the characters and you can exploit the natural information gap between you and them! If you are using films, try to get them with subtitles in English.

edutopia Videos can be an effective tool for teaching and learning English (or, for that matter, any academic subject) if used strategically and not as a "babysitting" device. My colleague Katie Hull Sypnieski and I wrote a previous post for Edutopia titled Eight Ways To Use Videos With English-Language Learners that shares instructional strategies for many kinds of clips. Here are a few of my favorite videos to use with those exercises. Video Playlist: Resources for English-Language Learners English Listening Lesson Libary Online One Minute English Learn Anytime, Anywhere on Any Device! Watch short videos featuring speakers from around the world answer one question using natural Enlgish. Videos come with a script and quiz! Christina Video 1410 What is a typical breakfast in Germany?

Lights, Camera, Learn: SchoolTube Strives to Be YouTube for K-12 Education Can sharing facts you learn in class be as fun as sharing the latest “Call Me Maybe” parody on YouTube? That’s what SchoolTube says. The free website claims to be “the nation’s largest teacher-moderated K-12 video-sharing website” — think of it as YouTube for the education set. Teachers and students can upload videos that they produce, from a lesson on quadratic equations to “Call That Safety,” a “Call Me Maybe” parody about science lab safety.

Video for the English classroom For the language teacher, YouTube may be nothing less than one of the best sources of material the classroom has ever seen. In this article, I would like to share 12 clips that I have used in my own classroom. I hope that each clip will be representative of a type of video that may be of particular interest to language teachers. Note: In this article, we will be examining a number of clips that are hosted on the video-sharing site YouTube. Unfortunately, the site is blocked in a number of countries and in such cases the clips will not be accessible.

Universal Design for Learning: An Introduction Universal Design for Learning aims to make modifications in three broad areas that together deliver a programme that will best meet the needs of all learners. In each area the barriers to success are identified and where possible removed or minimised. UDL identifies three essential Neural Networks that combine to produce effective learning, each network as a corresponding place in the learning process.

Links for listening to spoken English ESL Podcast - This website has a great collection of podcasts which you can listen to online or download to a portable device. Voice of America - This is a special section of the U.S. government-run website. You can listen to the news and learn English at the same time. It’s Not a Pipe: Teaching Kids to Read the Media The image projected on the screen in the front of the classroom is Magritte's painting of a pipe, including the words, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." I ask the students to each briefly make a guess why they think Magritte wrote that, since the painting is obviously a pipe. Some volunteers share their guesses with the class. One student nails it. "It's not a pipe; it's a drawing of a pipe!"

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). I’ve posted quite a few of them during the year, and I thought it would be useful to readers — and to me — if I brought them together in one post. I’ve also published quite a few during the previous six years of this blog. You can find those in these lists: The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two) The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part One) The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

The Thinker Builder: Step In, Step Out: A Strategy for Thinking Deeply About Text You're sitting at your guided reading table, your little group gathered around you, wide-eyed. Or are you the one who's wide-eyed? Sure, you know what you're doing, but maybe right now you're thinking your lesson plan doesn't fit the book like you thought it would. Or that maybe your lesson plan is just lame. Or maybe you don't have a lesson plan and are winging it (oh, come on, we've all been there).

Free ESL Regular Daily English Lesson - Talking About Girls - Types You Like or Dislike In this session, we are going to cover talking about girls. We will primarily cover commenting on traits you like or dislike. Don't worry ladies, we will have a session about guys later on.