Authentic videos – authentic ideas?

I made this “street scene” video for the One Day in the World project, held on 10.10.10. An effort to collect video and create a picture of the world on that day.  It was a beautiful day in Vancouver and as I sat on Robson St. having a beer and listening to Yes, Nice play “across the street – I put my FLIP camera up and just recorded people as they came and went. Note how the lineup down the street keeps growing (they were attending the Vancouver Int. Film Festival).

Vancouver Street Scene from David D. on Vimeo.

I’ve talked a lot about using authentic materials in the classroom. It’s a “wonder” that technology brings about – it brings the real world, real English and culture into our classrooms around the globe.

But we need ideas to use it. We need teachers with strong abilities to lead students in discussion and comprehensible language – as they discuss the video and prompt. We need teachers with great materials development skills, making creative activities through which students can use the amazing context video provides.

What would you suggest for this video? That’s what I’d like to ask? Any ideas?

Here’s another one. I really love web cams. Students love the “live” aspect. Animals or street scene web cams offer amazing opportunity for discussion and language content. What ideas do you have for this? What’s worked for you when showing ordinary but authentic video – be it your own stuff captured over the weekend, your students videos or those found online? Any authentic ideas?
charging bull

Here are some other “live” ideas: Watch – Shiba’s puppies on Ustream The Goats A live wedding The Krakow Sq. Cam City Hall Delft The Owl Cam The Penguins at Dublin Zoo And why not try the Subservient Chicken?

Print Friendly, PDF & Email


Teacher trainer, technology specialist, educational thinker...creator of EFL Classroom 2.0, a social networking site for thousands of EFL / ESL teachers and students around the world.

You may also like...

1 Response

  1. Hoon says:

    The teacher can let students look at the video, the first one. But they should focus on all the details of the video. After watching it, the teacher can make students draw pictures of the scene in groups of 4 or 5. One of group members can only draw and others should tell him/her what was there in the movie. Buildings, road something like that.

    So they might be able to practice describing the picture. : (

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe By Email

Get every new post delivered right to your inbox.

This form is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Skip to toolbar