11 June 2011

Learning with Videos

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Introducing a video clip  in a lesson is always a certain way to get learners' attention. Among many others, do have a look at suggestions using video in class by David Mainwood, Jamie Keddie, Vicki Hollet and Russel Stannard (to name just a few) who have created videos and lessons around videos for both teachers and language learners. 

Besides creating your own video or using the variety available on YouTube, there are also other options to choose from. 

Woopid offers free videos related to hardware and software for Mac, Windows and the internet. With so many different devices used today, it's a site which may answer tech questions when working on one's own. It's easy to navigate and includes a library for users. 

WatchKnow is an excellent source of educational videos, which is user-friendly to use and offers a range of subjects, from languages to mathematics. 

EnglishCentral (which you can also find in my ELT/EFL  resources)  offers learners authentic videos, vocabulary practice as well as pronunciation practice. There's a wide range of topics to choose from (for example, Business English, Travel English, Social English, Media English) and learners can also then test their progress.  Learners can also choose their level - easy, medium or hard. It's a great site to begin encouraging learners to develop their learner autonomy. 

Do you have any other free video sites which you would recommend?

(You may have noticed that I have a video log on the left hand side; if any link is not working, please do let me know. Many thanks in advance!)


  1. Thanks for sharing these links Ana Cristina (and the namecheck too :) ) I didn't know quite a few of these.
    One of the great things about IT , IWBs and sites like these is that it's now so easy to slip a short video into a class and use it in the same way one might use a listening. Vids are great for intro activities, discussion and can be used as lead-in activities to practise other skills. And to complete the cycle, students can even make their own clips and upload them for others to view.

    Thanks again

  2. Hi David,

    You're absolutely right! I also like giving students other sources for videos, as they mostly use YouTube. Time Machine, for example, is a good source for practicing the past tenses and making links from past to present.

    Thank you for taking time to pass by!

  3. Christina,
    I find your blog useful not only for teachers but also for students.I ll try to use these links with my new EAP class.
    Keep it up!

  4. Hi Vicky,

    Thank you for your time and positive feedback! Hope that your students also enjoy using the tools :-)