Online digital video and ESL/EFL teaching
What’s changed in the last few years? Widespread high-speed internet Advances in Flash technology
Explosion of digital video on the internet
Don’t underestimate YouTube Uploading videos is very simple – videos are automatically converted to Flash It’s possible to upload videos directly from webcams 100 million videos viewed per day
Sold to Google for 1.65 billion dollars
… but what’s Flash? Flash is a digital video file format Flash is also the name of the software used to produce Flash files Tiny file size compared to other video file formats
Recent versions meet web accessibility standards
What do I have to get to watch Flash videos? Requires only a web browser with a Flash plug-in 90-98% Flash browser penetration
If not installed, Flash plug-in is free and easy to install
So what does this have to do with TESOL? Flash video (and digital video) is another tool for TESOL professionals Digital video has potential for creative use in the classrom
A range of Flash TESOL materials from commercial products to user-generated content
User-generated TESOL content on YouTube
Digitalchalk's Vocabulary Podcast
Other free ESL/EFL videos Australia network (formerly ABC Asia-Pacific) shows: Living English and The Business of English
ESL/EFL videos from other sources
Paid digital videos for ESL/EFL learners InstaClass - Subscription service for news and current affairs broadcasts (with transcripts) selected for an ESL/EFL audience.
Eslvideo - videos on different topics, ranked by difficulty level and accompanied by relevant vocabulary lists and grammar points. Most appear to be paid, but some free samples available.
Lesson plans for using mainstream Flash videos in the ESL/EFL classroom Lesson plan for using Naomi Klein’s No Logo video http:// members.tripod.com/the_english_dept/logo/index.html Lesson plan for using videos of TV commercials
Making videos in class Encourages “whole language” learning Appeals especially to younger students
See Electronic Village Online to learn video-making techniques and see what other teachers are doing .
A few words about developments in offline video storage…
Two new technologies Two new storage formats: Blu-ray and HD DVD Much bigger capacity than DVD (25-50GB vs 4.7GB)
“ It seems likely that some language professionals will begin to look at the possibility of embedding annotations and user interactivity in the presentation of video, whether it be feature films, documentaries, or custom-produced video”
Other useful resources Book - Learning Languages through Technology Web page - Copyright information
Yahoo! Group - Electronic Village Online
Do you think that you would use digital video in English lessons, especially if you had access to a computer lab? Why / why not?