Using Silent Video in the EFL Classroom
So here are a few suggestions on how to use these with students. Also, a quick list of my absolute favorites in this regard…. Download the infographic here.
Ways to use a silent video clip….
1. BACKDOOR — In pairs or small groups, one or more students view and describe to the other students who have their backs to the screen. Alternate every few minutes and circulate to give help with vocab (or just write it on the board as needed, students will see you and use to describe the action.
2. PREDICTION – Watch a small part and stop the video. Have students predict what will happen next.
3. VOCABULARY – depending on the theme of the video (for example in The Flat Life you can use action words and / or furniture) have students make lists of words and then use them to 4. RETELL the story/narrative up to that point.
4. DIALOGUE — Students watch and then re-enact the dialogue in the story. Add in a narrator if necessary. This is a great speaking/writing combined lesson. Get them even to use speech bubbles and draw cartoons of the story.
5. WRITING – Have students retell the story, rewrite the story – but with a different ending. First retell and use this as an engagement activity for some really creative writing! Make sure to do the most important part of the writing process – SHARING!
My favorite silent short videos. Find so many on ELT Buzz Video Lessons!
PS> See Ana Maria Menezes’ post and suggestions for using Silent videos in the classroom!