A picture paints a thousand words edit

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A revised version of a presentation made back in 2009. So much has changed in video since then. I have removed the video clips to make this easier to share.

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A picture paints a thousand words edit

  1. 1. A picture paints a thousand words… Using video in your language teaching (an updated version of an earlier presentation) T.MacKinnon January 2014
  2. 2. Tutors say of using video: • “Video is more fun & therefore more motivating than just listening & reading.” • “It demonstrates real situations.” • “It exposes the learner to a wide range of accents.” • “Film can demonstrate new and unexpected cultural or social issues.” • “Video clips offer much more than just listening practice.” • Source: BBC Get Talking workshops
  3. 3. video can be used for listening… video can get people talking… students can get creative with video…
  4. 4. Video can provide… • • • • • • A launch pad for conversation A stimulus for brain-storming vocabulary A dialogue prompt Inspiration for a writing activity Encouragement to read Practice with strategies to improve listening skills • A window to explore cultural and social issues
  5. 5. Pre-listening/watching: • Matching vocabulary with English expressions • Matching new vocabulary with definitions in target language • Categorising new vocab or expressions • Predicting what will happen/be said/used • Watch with no sound & put descriptions of images in right order
  6. 6. and more… • Watch with no sound & describe what you see • Watch with no sound & brainstorm nouns, adjectives, verbs etc • Answer true/false questions then watch to confirm or correct • Draw up word families of key vocab
  7. 7. During… • Tick off vocabulary/expressions as you hear them • Pause to talk about a particular scene • Fill in a listening grid with key information • Identify who said what • Answer true/false or multiple choice questions • Fill in gaps in a transcript
  8. 8. After watching… • Discuss the Who? When? Where? What? How? Consequences? of the clip • From a list, tick the things seen • Fill in blanks in a résumé of the clip • Answer specific questions about what was seen or heard
  9. 9. The techie bit • Video files are large and processor hungry • Format details vary, management can be complex • Commercial video may have DRM, copyright restrictions. • Useful free software:  For editing and conversion - Freemake  For playback - VLC  For collection - Myth TV, Miro  For sharing – vimeo, youtube
  10. 10. The techie bit • Video files are large and processor hungry • Format details vary, management can be complex • Commercial video may have DRM, copyright restrictions. • Useful free software:  For editing and conversion - Freemake  For playback - VLC  For collection - Myth TV, Miro  For sharing – vimeo, youtube

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