My First Movie Maker Video
Videos in the TEFL Classroom
I have always believed that one of the most motivating resources for the language classes are videos. The experience of watching a video (a film, a music video, a documentary) always awakes a lot of mixed feelings in those who see and listen to them .
Videos are often created with varied purposes and one of those purposes is expressing and communicating ideas, feelings, messages that may not be clearly expressed with just words .
The actractive aspect of videos, in my opinion, is that they can trigger imagination. I just imagine that our mind functions like a video camera, and our memories are recording of our experiences.
Research (Canning-Wilson, 2000) has revealed that students like learning language through the use of videos. Those studies suggest that learners really enjoy action, entertainment films . So why not taking advantages of them for our classes?.
But videos should not be used in the classroom just for the sake of amusing our students. They should be implemented with a pedagogical purpose of course. And we teachers must be clear about setting our objectives before using them . There are some questions that language teachers should answer before using videos in the classroom. For instance, How the language learner will benefit from watching videos, or how students and teachers can develop language skills based on videos (Canning-Wilson, 2000).
Once we are clear about the purpose of using a video which may be the hardest part , we should then devote ourselves to the design of the video material to fulfill our teaching goals. Videos are great tools to mainly teach and test listening skills. But the other skills are not kept out of the benefits of them. I have indeed seen and used videos to teach English micro-skills such as grammar, vocabulary and even intonation.
The various times I have used videos in my English classes , They have been borrowed from the internet. YOUTUBE, I think , is a great source of videos. Many of them show really authentic situations. What I have done so far is downloding them to my computer with RealPlayer program and keeping them in a video bank for future uses. Some partners at work also use videos a lot and we sometimes interchange them.
Now I am really happy because creating my own videos using the Window Movie Maker program is now an option. This program is so friendly and easy to use that I am just thinking of the possibility of having my current students create their own presentation videos before this semester ends. Hopefully, that will be a very meaningful English learning experience for them.
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