I love video. I think it’s a treasure chest for teaching English. With video we can provide context more quickly than we can with just audio and bring the outside world into the classroom. And another benefit is it can bring movement to highlight rhythm and other stuff that can make language memorable and enjoyable.
Here’s a (rythmy) video for elementary and pre-intermediate students that I made with my son. (Thanks Tom – love that c-walk!) It’s designed to review the days of the week and common lexical phrases for making arrangements and appointments. It ties in well with Business Objectives unit 8 or other similar lessons. You can set it as homework, or play it in class if you think your students might enjoy a sing-along.
It should be simple to use. They just watch the first video a few times so they get to know the the tune. Then video two is the karaoke version and they sing along. I’m thinking I might need to add a video three with just a few word prompts, so they can test themselves.
Please thumbs up if you or your students like it, or even better, leave me a comment and tell me what didn’t work as well. I’m still experimenting and learning how to do this stuff and all advice and suggestions are really welcome.
The music in this video comes from: http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/08/24/how-to-finding-music-for-youtube-videos/
Some other professional English video lessons you might like:
Troubleshooting – technical English – Lucy and the typewriter
Customer service – United Airlines
Another totally unrelated thing: I’m giving some online webinars for Pearson next week. They are free to join – you just need to register and have an internet connection. You can register here. Hope to see you there!