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Post by sabine on Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:07 pm

Hi guys! Some teachers may use videos in their classes. I want to share an article that I've read. It's really amazing. It proposes some tips for using video in class (I'm sure it'll help u sassy since u'll use vids this week Wink )


Using Video In The Classroom

Why Video?
Video is a powerful tool in today’s classroom. It provides strong context through which
to teach English. Meaning comes alive and it brings the outside world into the classroom
and gives your teaching “reality”. Video also provides all the paralinguistic features of
language that audio only can’t.
Nowadays, students are very much visual learners. Further, with the
quick spread of broadband internet access, is making the use of video
in the classroom much more reliable. Video is a medium which is
replacing print – Chris Anderson of TED goes as far as suggesting it
is a “revolution” transcending that of the Gutenberg revolution. It is
changing both the way we learn and the way we interact with each other.
Without a doubt, video is the future for all of us involved in education.
Gone are the days where it took a high degree of technical know how
and hours of set up to bring video into the classroom. Now the
classroom is wired and connected. It’s an exciting time to be both a
teacher and a student. The world is our classroom.

Some Tips For Using Video In Class

Keep the Video Short (2-4 minutes)
- attention spans are limited when watching visual content. Chunk up and
divide up videos with focused activities.
Watch the whole video first.
- students need to “have a try” first and watch to get the “big picture”. This
provides students with the chance to deal with the “ambiguity” of language.
Give students one simple task while watching the whole video – to keep them
focused.
Always preview the video.
- Be sure to watch the whole video yourself before using it in class. You never
know what content might be inappropriate or hurtful to your students. You, the
teacher, know your students best. Best to be safe!
Make it available outside the classroom.
- provide students with a webpage or link so they can watch the video and practice
outside of classroom time. Many students learn better independently and this is
a great opportunity to foster student independence.
Use videos your students want.
- this may seem obvious but many teachers forget to survey their students and
show video content they definitely know their students will be “into”. However,
use your best judgement and find a balance between videos that highly motivate
and those that are strongly educational. Many times you can do both!

How To Use Video
Videos can be used in many ways other than just one student at a
computer. They should also be used as a “shared experience” and an in class teaching
aide. Teachers should play video in the classroom and share it, as you would a book or
any print item.
Don’t be afraid to pause, rewind, fast forward the video. Use it as a tool for reference of
language and study points. Think of the video as a malleable material, like any other
classroom material for learning.
Generally video activities are divided into 3 main types or stages:
1. Pre-viewing. Activities done before watching the video. They help prompt student
schema and background knowledge. Often a way for the teacher to assess student
knowledge and interest.
2. Viewing: Students have a task while watching the video. They perform tasks and
activities during the video, either with or without the teacher pausing the video.
3. Post Viewing: After watching the video, the students practice the language forms and
vocabulary encountered in the video. Students might discuss, retell, roleplay or complete
exercises during this stage.
Here are a list of practical ways to use EnglishCentral videos in class. Try some and find
what works best with your own students and for your own teaching situati
on. (Sassy try some and tell us ur students' impressions :) )

1. Discuss It. Give students some previewing questions for the topic of the
video. Students discuss and prompt their background knowledge. Watch the video. Now,
discuss again using some prepared questions. Surveys are a great addition also.
2. Just Do It. Students are given a viewing task. This can be some questions to
answer. It can be a group of vocabulary items to find or some language to listen for. You
might even make this interactive – give students some different tasks (ie. different
vocabulary) and when they see/hear it, they stand up. Again, they sit down. Last one
standing at the end wins!
3. Describe It. Always a fun activity but make sure to get your students to
speak in a low voice. One student watches while others describe the action. Pause the
video from time to time to allow students time to describe fully. Switch the student who
is listening. Make sure to watch the ending of the video together.
4. Report It. Students are reporters. List the 5 Ws on the board. After watching
the video, the students must answer the 5 W questions. This also can be an excellent
writing lesson. Also, get students making up their own post viewing questions and
quizzing each other!
5. Listen For It. A teacher favorite. Teachers prepare a cloze version of the
transcript (words are missing). Students listen for the words. Watch the video again,
pausing and checking the answers together. Another option is to provide students with a
graphic organizer or chart. They watch the video and fill in the categories.
6. Repeat It. A very interactive way to focus on pronunciation and form. Turn
off any subtitles. Pause the video after a line and have the students repeat the line. If the
video is a dialogue, assign different roles for students. Challenge the students to repeat
the lines by only listening to the video, not watching. Also practice the present perfect
tense (has/have just) by pausing the video and asking students, “What has just
happened?”
7. Re-tell It. A very powerful way to acquire language. Students in small groups
re-tell the story or the action of the video. One student starts and others must continue to
re-tell by adding a sentence. Perfect for practicing transitions (First, Next, Then, Finally).
Re-ordering activities are also great. Students are given sentences or pictures and must
put them back in the right sequence while re-telling the story. Perfect practice for the past
tense.
8. Revise It. Students love to “change up” the video. Students can role play the
video and add their own twist, create their own version. Commercials work well for this.
Also, write their own version, changing characters. For lower level students, prepare a
transcript with words missing – students can add their own words to personalize.
9. Predict It. Prediction is a great language prompt and can be used with any
video. Simply pause the video at a point and ask the students, “What do you think will
happen next?” Students discuss and give their own answers. Provide a prompt for the
students like
I (don’t) think that _______________ (won’t) will ________________________.
Lastly, continue the video and see if the predictions were correct.
10. Teach It. Videos offer a great opportunity for specific language study.
Choose a video that highlights and reinforces your lesson objective(s) (for culture, topics,
functions, vocabulary or grammar points). Pause the video and use it to explain the
language points. It provides real life context and examples of usage. Prepare worksheets
and exercises to practice your language points.

Source
http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/files/2011/06/Using_Video_In_The_Classroom-20mn397.pdf

I prefer the 1st technique i.e. discussing the video. it gives one's class active. everybody is participating and sharing his/her knowledge on the topic. Discussing permits us to exchange ideas and knowlege, as well. This will create an amazing atmosphere


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Re: Teaching with videos

Post by sassy86 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:27 pm

WOW You read my mind!!!!!!!!!!!?????????? This is JUST what I needed!!!!!

Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu
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Re: Teaching with videos

Post by sabine on Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:43 pm

All the pleasure is mine sister. I'm soooo happy that it'll help u
(don't forget that I'm just like madame sosotris I can read your mind lol just kidding Wink )
enjoy and I wish u the best luck ever sister. you deserve always the best
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Re: Teaching with videos

Post by sassy86 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:45 pm

Just finished reading it, it's AWESOME !
And yes, I'll tell you about their impressions, (though I know they are going to be so crazy on Wednesday lol They are so excited about it lol)

Again, bless you my dear friend Smile
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Post by sabine on Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:59 pm

Okey sister! I'm waiting. I can imagine how amazing it will be (especially with a lovely teacher like u) I want to be there Smile
good luck
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Post by sassy86 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:30 pm

Come!!!!!!! I would be so happy to have you there!!! bounce
And I'll drive you back home! Very Happy
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