Why using videos in language classrooms? Are they useful? Do they work? How often should we use them?
As you might realize, I teach young adults of varied proficiency levels. My students are fond of videos. They always want to watch a piece of video, movie, film, ads nomatter what the topic is. Being aware of this, I never want to miss the chance. Whenever we have a 1o minute extra time, as a warm-up, follow-up or just for fun, I show them a mini video I downloaded earlier. The best are ads. They are short, funny, to the point, etc. So here is my favourite and a bit of explanation about how I make use of it.
Funny Ads: If you search Youtube, you will find millions of funny ads. This is my favourite because of its language, level and suitable content for my students’ profile. Before watching it, I show them some screen shots from the video and ask them to guess the content. They even list some adjectives for each character. While watching, I stop the video and ask them questions (What, who, why etc.). I do not want to give them a-fill-in-the-blank question list because then they feel like being tested and they do not enjoy the video. Instead, I ask questions myself. Depending on the answers, I ask further questions. In the end, I ask them to role play, write subtitles for lower level students, change the dialogues etc.