I was speaking with a few teachers this weekend and found out that though they are enthusiastic supporters of EnglishCentral, they didn’t know that they could embed EC videos on their moodle and get students practicing the videos right there!
Yes, it is that simple. Put them on a class wiki or your blog. Teachers won’t get use of our Teacher Tools or be able to track student progress / get reports without signing up as a teacher (do so here in the Academic Use area). However, your students can speak the videos as much as they want – and that’s the point, practice.
It’s easy to embed the videos. Just go to the video detail page and click the embed icon. Grab the code and put into your page as html. Then students simply click and study the video lessons.
Here’s how the video detail page looks and here is an example video lesson. Click it and start studying!
EnglishCentral, a site where student can practice “speaking” English using authentic videos and “hip” content – just got better.
I’ve been working closely with the EnglishCentral team and you can expect more developments along the lines of sharing and social media. Also, being able to search and use this powerful “video corpus”. You’ll be able to search for “idioms” or any other language term and pull up loads of video examples. It’s powerful and exciting.
The two recent changes that I think will really help teachers are:
1. You can now embed their videos and use them on your school page / site!
2. The Hidden Challenge. Take away words and use as a listening cloze.
See a couple screenshots of each below. Also, note that you can easily just copy any transcript to the right of the video and then paste into a word document for printing and use in class! And of course, EnglishCentral continues to build up their teacher tools into a regular LMS (learning management system).
Enjoy using EnglishCentral with your students. A site with a perfect balance of CI (comprehensible input) and CO (comprehensible output).