Getting the best out of using video in EFL classrooms

Writing subtitles

Bombay TV

This site is a lot of fun and learners can make their own dialogue and pairs can come up to the front and read it out while the clip is playing.

http://www.grapheine.com/bombaytv/

Dot sub

This site can be used for translation or comprehension exercises.

http://dotsub.com/view/

Fun videos

Top 10 George W Bush moments

This was used in a lesson about giving advice and used the topic of leadership. The learners brainstormed adjectives to describe the perfect leader. Then they watched the video and noted down his mistakes and discussed their favourite faux pas. This was followed up by them giving advice to the president.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-7xgqBO92s

Creature comforts

A great resource for learners. Interviewers travelled around the UK and interviewed the public on a range of topics. The audio was then used with animated animals. It is very entertaining but challenging as there are a wide range of accents. It is great as it contains authentic, natural language that can be used for comprehension activities. It can be used with B1+ learners if an easy task is set.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY64siziEyQ

Trigger happy TV

There is little or no dialogue here but great as a prediction activity leading to creative writing.

Snail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVJ80MQLEuk

Stop sign:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioyfJj-t2KQ

gorilla 1.23-1.34/ 2.07-2.30

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wibjaFEdvzc

baby

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOgwpIH9VyA

Following instructions/ getting tips

These video sites have a range of resources and a lot of ‘How to..’ videos. These can be used with certain topics such as food/ recipes or teaching how to write clear instructions. They can also be used to give tips for business English students, such as how to act in an interview.

Vimeo

How to make hummus: http://vimeo.com/channels/cooking/3367913

Videojug

http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-ace-a-job-interview-4?sourcelink=verticalrecommendation

Videos with lesson plans

LearnEnglish

British council websites with a range of video resources and lesson ideas. This can be used for independent study or in the lesson.

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/britain-great

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/overcooked

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/how-to

Real English

This is perfect authentic language for A1/2 learners. People were interviewed on the street and asked basic questions such as ‘What is your star sign?’

http://www.real-english.com/reo/2/unit2.asp

English Central

Numerous videos selected that can be used in the classroom.

http://www.englishcentral.com/videos#!/index

http://www.englishcentral.com/video/15263/the-purpose-of-getting-good-grades-in-school

ESL video

These videos can be used for self-study or in the classroom.

http://www.eslvideo.com/

ESL Lab

As ESL video can be used at home or in the classroom.

http://www.esl-lab.com/videoclips.htm

Film English

You can subscribe to get updates when new lesson plans are uploaded.

http://film-english.com/

Theteacherjames

Links to videos and lesson ideas.

http://www.theteacherjames.com/2013/01/silent-movies-iii-new-list.html

The English blog

Current affairs videos – The writer produces transcripts.

http://jeffreyhill.typepad.com/english/#.UUrNT43iZOQ

Video dictionary

Wordia

Video lexis definitions. This could be easily followed up by your learners creating their own video definitions.

http://www.wordia.com/Videos/2660

For younger learners

BBC Learning zone

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/

Story

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/anansi-and-turtle-english/5798.html

An introduction to India

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/an-introduction-to-india/4602.html

 LearnEnglish Teens

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/freetime/video-zone/how-are-easter-eggs-made 

Authentic videos

National geographic

Wide range of videos that could be used for comprehension or discussion

http://video.nationalgeographic.co.uk/video/environment/

Top documentary films

As above – very impressive resource

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/

Trailers

An inconvenient truth

Lead-in to discussion on the environment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAK8Cd4t0WA

Fast food nation

Lead-in to discussion on diet/ food industry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5hA3PN0uic

Simple English videos

Movie trailers with transcripts

http://www.simpleenglishvideos.com/

Talks

This kind of video can be a great lead-in for a discussion/ debate.

http://www.ted.com/talks

One example:

http://www.ted.com/talks/pamela_meyer_how_to_spot_a_liar.html

Youtube

Car accidentLearners act as witnesses and discuss or write down what happened.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfK3mBMkZWU

Criminal mischief

The start of this clip could be used for witness/ descriptions. There is an interview with one of the children. This clip could also lead to a discussion about the behaviours of the children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgLAJCBZ7Kw&feature=channel

Bank robbery

Sometimes difficult to find this kind of video that is suitable for classroom use (without swearing/ extreme violence)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7iR5oA53vU&feature=related

Also a acted version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRALHjDubMs

Ideas of how to use these kinds of clips:

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/crime-scene

Interesting facts

Can be used for comprehension (give learners a list of numbers and they have to make notes about the facts related to the numbers) or to answer a quiz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yduhANmKmrA

I dream of Turkey 

These promos can be useful warmers for lessons related to travel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4HiTaHKZbw

More tips for using videos

Jamie Keddie- Video telling

This shows Jamie Keddie executing a video lesson with his learners.

http://lessonstream.org/2011/05/12/videotelling/

Ideas for using video content on LearnEnglish kids

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/teaching-kids/using-videos

Ideas for videoing your learners

10 ideas for classroom video projects

http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/2127

This shows example videos

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/articles/video-recorders-classroom

Ideas for out-of-class video

http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/teachers/classroom-resources/activities/content/using-video-out-class-activities

Creating video diaries

http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/create-your-video-diary.html

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