While watching television is often seen as a passive viewing experience, there are ways to turn it into a springboard for student interaction.
Here are some general teaching strategies that enhance the use of video materials in your classroom by targeting specific skill sets. Click on one of the areas below or scroll down.
|With picture and audio on:
|With audio off:
|With picture off:
|You can check students' understanding of the situation and characters in the following ways:Before watching:
- Freeze-frame the scene by using the pause button and check students' understanding.
While watching or after watching:
- Have students answer comprehension questions you devise.
- Give students cloze scripts and have them fill in missing words in dialog lines.
|Have students focus on the dialogue contained in a scene by listening for particular vocabulary words, structures, or functional expressions.
- Role Plays: Have students role play a scene, practicing the lines of dialogue for correct intonation and emphasis.
- On-Location Interviews: Have students circulate around the classroom and interview each other using questions contained in the video segment. Students can then report to the class about their interviews.
- Information Gap: Have half the class see a segment without audio and the other half hear it without the picture. Students from each half of the class then pair up, talk about the situation and characters, and act out the scene.
- Strip Dialogue Scenes: Write dialogue lines on separate strips of paper, distribute them randomly, and have students recreate the scene by putting the lines together.