May 4, 2012

EFL ACTIVITIES using SILENT VIDEOS

My inspiration for these video activities was this post by David Deubelbeiss.

  • the activities are short.
  • the videos are all found in Youtube.
  • there's no need to prepare any extra material.

1. Predicting what's going to happen.

  • turn volume off.
  • play parts of the video, stop and brainstorm with the whole class what  they think is going to happen. Ex: I think he will .......
  • Play and check their prediction.
Suggested video:  http://youtu.be/L6Cuq-BueEs

2. Taking notes / reconstructing scene
  • Students watch the video and take notes of what happens in the scene.
  • Pairs compare their notes and write a description of the whole scene.
  • Students then read each other descriptions.
  • Teacher can build a description of the scene with the whole class using http://livetyping.com
Suggested video: http://youtu.be/bS1ePEZZCDY

3. Describe what you see
  • turn volume off
  • get students into pairs.
  • they stand up, one facing the screen and the other with the back to the screen.
  • the one facing the screen describes what's happening in the scene.
  • teacher pauses the video and students swap places.
  • do the same for the rest of the video (or for as long as the teacher decides)
  • Students write down a summary of the whole scene.
  • If students want to, show the whole video with sound to the class.
Suggested video: http://youtu.be/1Efrg23Sqe8


4. Imagining thoughts

  • Divide students in pairs.
  • You can turn off the sound or not.
  • While students watch the video, they try to write down what the girl and the man might be thinking. 
  • Teacher pauses video when necessary.
Suggested video: http://youtu.be/8yIuiXxwUtw

5. Predicting + Retelling
  • Show the wordcloud below and ask students to predict  the story of the video. (PAIRS)
  • Students watch the video .
  • Pairs try to reconstruct or retell the story using the wordcloud (Speaking or Writing activity).
Suggested video: http://youtu.be/rHKV92sNFVM



6. Imagine an ending

  • Students watch the video up to 1.59 mins.
  • Pairs tell each other what they remember.
  • Pairs imagine an ending to the story and write it down.
  • Students read their ending to the class.
  • Show the rest of the video to the class.
Suggested video: http://youtu.be/GJbiw_bOFmY



7. Vocabulary List

  • ask students to write the heading for  two lists in their notebooks (CITY LIFE / NATURE)
  • Students watch the video and have to complete the lists by writing down vocabulary related to each topic as it appears in the video.
  • Debriefing: ask students what words they've written down.
  • In pairs students discuss what they understood about the video.
Suggested video: http://youtu.be/qdxbIRkITBk



For more suggested animations, check out this playlist I've put together:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL47140F33A452888D

1 comment:

JOHN JAIRO BOLANOS MINDA said...

Thanks for sharing this great information with us teachers. It is great to find this kind of activities which will surely make our classes more dynamic.