Tagged: video

The #1 …. (video all teachers should watch)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. How Hard Can It Be – F.A.T. Workshop I remain firmly convinced, based on years in the classroom and the research out there, that language learners older than 4-5 are “disabled” learners. They are...

The Video Teaching Revolution

My work over the years has brought me into thinking heavily about the role of video in language instruction.  I saw its power as a university T.A. – tramping around the campus showing heavy “reels” of film to mesmerized classes. I wouldn’t go so far...

Project Peace finally is “HOME”

I started Project Peace 2 years ago. I’ve been amazed by the response and how other teachers have motivated their students and brought “peace” into their curriculum through song (and taught a lot of English!). I will be doing more with the project this year...

Present.me – fabulous!

Present.me is a real cool, “new” way to share your teaching online. It is simple and effective. I’ve been testing it out and it works like a charm! A really exciting tool. What is it? It is just a simple power point set beside a...

Kinetic Typography and Language Teaching

This is an example of a video made through “kinetic typography”, a graphics display that really brings subtitling to a new level. Here’s another (but very fast for classroom use – Abbott and Costello’s: Who’s on first?) Text is highlighted and presented in ways that...

Closed Captioning on Youtube

Youtube has had captioning for awhile but recently they have started an experimental beta to automate the process. Here’s my introduction to this service. Very much encourage teachers to check it out and also let their students know about it. Can be helpful and as...

Interactive Youtube videos

There are some great Youtube videos out there which are “interactive”. Meaning, students can watch the storyline and then are asked to make decisions and continue with the story. They really keep the students’ attention. A very strong prediction viewing type activity. By far ,...

CDLP – a wonderful adult listening site

CDLP – The California Distance Learning Project, is one of the many governmental sites leading the way towards free online learning resources. It doesn’t have a lot of “flash” but it has an abundance of semi authentic materials with audio and extra vocabulary study. Excellent...

English teaching activites using a textbook

Andrew Finch will be speaking at this weekend’s KOTESOL conference in Seoul, Korea. He’s done wonders for promoting humanistic teaching and student centered (cooperative) learning. I’ve long advised teachers to purchase his book “Tell Me More” , full of great activities. Get a sample of...

Making a Doodle Video with your Class

Doodle songs/videos are a great activity you can do with your class! They really promote contextualized learning and motivate students because you have a final product and of course – there is music!  They are the perfect example of SCC or Student Created Content. I...

Words – haunting words…

Larry Ferlazzo let me on to another marvellous RadioLabs video today. The last one, I blogged and lessoned about here – The Dimensions of the Present Moment I find them haunting. So well done, so real. I kind of think I’m right there in the...

The #1…..(student created video)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Lemon Tree by Grade 6 after school students This video is just brilliant! Teachers that see it at my workshops always are stunned and amazed. The creativity, the “togetherness” that this video must have...

Using Authentic Video

In the last few years, one of the biggest changes for language teachers is our access to authentic materials. The world now comes to us and especially videos! It is much easier now for teachers to find “real English” on video. This article highlights many...

22 Frames – subtitled video galore!

If you’ve followed my posts/passion for awhile, you will know I’m a HUGE fan of subtitled supported video. I’ve helped quite a few online sites in this area as well as highlighting so much TTS (text to speech) here and also through Karaoke. HERE is...

“Hitler Reacts” – video subtitling inspiration

This recent article in the N.Y. Times, reminded me of the series of “Hitler Reacts” videos. They are superb for language learning (although be careful of the ones with obscenities!) and because the students know the “video”, they can concentrate on the language. People from...

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