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Using Photos and Videos in Class

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Welcome to Language Latte: a dialog about educating world languages. That is Becky Morales from Child World Citizen, and I’m your host. As we speak we’re speaking about utilizing photographs and movies in school. Deal with your self to a latte, and settle in, so we will begin our chat!

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Multimedia in Language Classes

On this episode we’re discussing using media in our lecture rooms. Pictures and movies are wonderful genuine assets, whether or not as curiosity-inducing talking/writing prompts, a glance into cultural insights, an introduction of vocabulary, or as a supply of understandable enter. We take a look at why and the way media is efficient in partaking college students in school, after which you will love the 6 actions that Sarah Breckley shares in her interview. She shares the most effective actions during which she is utilizing pictures and movies in school together with her college students.

Have you ever ever used photographs in any of your world language courses? What about video clips? Tweet me @kidworldcitizen and let me know what sorts of actions you’ve achieved in your courses with pictures and movies, or be a part of within the dialogue in our Language Latte fb group.

Visible literacy has performed an necessary position within the lives of people all through historical past. Earlier than the earliest civilizations- again to the early humans- people had the power to take a look at, perceive, interpret and create pictures, from cave work to rock etchings.

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Now, with pictures and movies being pervasive and at our fingertips for 24/7 streaming, it’s no marvel academics are utilizing media in school to interact college students. Media really is likely one of the most valued instruments in language educating and studying. Once we wield excessive curiosity photographs and movies, we will harness the facility of curiosity, even in reserved college students.

A number of current research have checked out the advantages of utilizing media in school with language learners. I’ll have the hyperlinks to every thing I point out throughout this episode within the present notes.

The primary research revealed in English Language Educating evaluated the effectiveness of a video-based curriculum in motivating EFL learners to study English. In accordance with the researchers, the scholars had very low motivation for studying English. Earlier research have proven that movies have been invaluable for educating L2 tradition and for studying vocabulary. However this was a brand new query for researchers: “How can we make EFL college students take part extra within the classroom and develop into extra motivated to study English?” I’m positive we have now ALL had college students with lower than splendid motivation to study the goal language.

Throughout their eight week, highschool English program in Korea, academics used TED talks, sitcoms, TV information reviews, and films clips as their important research materials. They selected highly-engaging clips from “Pals”, and “Trendy Household,” TED Talks like “How Faculty Kills Creativity” and “Your Physique Language Shapes Who You Are,” brief clips from films just like the “Avengers” and “Frozen,” and eventually a clips from the CBS Information.

Earlier than watching, key expressions and vocabulary have been taught by the trainer. After watching, numerous group actions and video games adopted.

What do you assume occurred on the finish of the eight weeks? After this system, extra college students agreed that studying English was enjoyable and that they loved studying English. College students with unfavourable attitudes confirmed a big distinction and responded rather more positively within the questionnaire.  General, this research has proven that educating English through the use of video clips is efficient in enhancing scholar motivation and drawing out participation. That’s golden.

The second research I need to point out was carried out with low degree college students in an English Language prep class in Turkey. Within the 5 week program, academics used on-line movies, every watched a number of occasions. The clips have been taken from YouTube, BBC, VOA and TED and included subtitles and textual content. Academics used supplemental actions throughout and after the movies to enhance comprehension. Outcomes present that those that watched movies improved their talking means and scored greater than those that didn’t; and that college students have been capable of work together extra appropriately and convey their messages extra simply after watching the movies.

These are solely 2 research amongst others that tout the advantages of utilizing media in world language courses. Earlier than we get to our fabulous guest- who’s going to offer 6 actually distinctive actions for you- I’d wish to additionally share with you some superb sources of movies and photographs to make use of in any language class.

I’ll begin with some sources for fascinating photographs, that categorical emotions and concepts, convey messages, and inform tales.

Photos and Videos in Class- Kid World Citizen

First: the New York Occasions image of the week. Intriguing Occasions photographs from all over the world, stripped of their captions, and an invite to college students to debate them stay. In a language class, you possibly can information the dialogue.

The New York Occasions additionally has a special set of pictures, referred to as “Image Prompts” that are paired with prompts for journal writing or further dialogue.

Nationwide Geographic additionally has an enormous assortment of photographs, maps, lesson plans, and reference assets. You possibly can search their database, and it’s a good way to showcase particular person nations’ traditions, celebrations, and even geography and landmarks.

I additionally love to make use of genuine artwork items from the nations that talk our goal languages. Google Arts and Tradition (which I’ll hyperlink to), is an internet platform the place customers choose a museum from over 1000 collections, in 18 languages. There are digital gallery excursions like Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico Metropolis and the Musee D’Orsay in Paris, plus over 32,000 masterpieces to view. It’s mind-blowing, and the tutorial instruments they have- like quizzes and extra info for teachers- is absolutely worthwhile.

One you discover some photographs that be just right for you, there are infinite methods to make use of them:

On the very starting ranges you need to use adjectives, colours, and numbers to explain the photographs to your college students, and ask them understandable questions.

In case your college students are starting to talk the goal language, have them describe the photographs both in companions or as a category. This oral exercise may be become a writing exercise.

College students might additionally make up questions concerning the photograph, or write a narrative about what occurred earlier than it was taken, or what is going to occur subsequent.

Shifting on to movies, one of the in style methods to make use of clips in school in newbie and low degree courses, is by doing a movietalk. I’ve been doing Film Talks in my ESL courses since I graduated in 2000, however the method has lately grow to be fashionable in world languages courses as a CI activity- a chance to offer understandable enter with high-interest materials. I’m together with a hyperlink of the historical past and analysis behind Film Talks, and for those who click on by way of there are examples. Within the present notes, I’ll add in some movies of Film Talks being accomplished in school!

Brief movies and people candy, wordless movies are nice locations to start out as a result of you possibly can dictate what is occurring. There’s a collaborative MovieTalk database with HUNDREDS of clips from youtube to make use of.

Commercials are implausible, small doses of goal language, typically showcasing humor and vocab for college kids. You’ll be able to lookup commercials on youtube for instance by typing in “French commercials.” I do know loads of Spanish academics simply held a bracket for his or her college students to pick the preferred Christmas commercials in Spanish. My youngsters and I watched the youtube playlist- we laughed, we cried, we have been glued to the display. I’ll embrace a hyperlink to that enjoyable venture, which may be simply replicated for any language- and never only for Christmas both!

Lastly, TED-Ed has unimaginable classes for extra superior ESL courses, with a curated assortment of movies that embrace dialogue questions. Now, as extra TED occasions are occurring around the globe, you possibly can google to seek out TED talks within the language you’re teaching- the truth is my daughters and I simply went to a TED occasion right here in Mexico, and I do know these talks are on-line. These are actually for extra superior college students.

These are simply a few concepts to get began. I’m going to hyperlink a number of extra articles that listing a number of methods academics are utilizing photographs and movies in class- particularly in world language courses. Subsequent season, we have now one other episode I’m getting ready all about making your personal movies to make use of in school, so keep tuned!

And now, let’s get to our visitor! Sarah Breckley at present teaches highschool Spanish language and tradition, coordinates journey immersion experiences for her college students, produces a vlog to share classroom movies with academics around the globe, and presents her methods at workshops and conferences. She has additionally taught on the Concordia Language Villages and as a International Discovery Chief for CIEE in Sevilla, España. Sarah has been chosen as a Era Research Overseas Fellow, as a Kohl Fellow, and in addition as a Wisconsin State Instructor of the Yr in 2017.

Welcome to the present Sarah!

1) Inform me about your self.

I’m initially from Southern California, so lots of my pals the place hispanic rising up. That’s the place my intrigue and love for languages developed. I’d hang around with my pal Yessica, and desperately needed to have the ability to converse this love code they shared. I’ve studied in Spain and Mexico, and I attempt to spend time in a Spanish talking nation a minimum of every year, both with my college students or touring with my husband.

I presently train highschool Spanish language and tradition. Our division facilitates the UW-Inexperienced Bay School Credit score in Excessive Faculty program, so if college students earn an A or B in Spanish V our seniors switch with 14 College of Wisconsin school credit. My favourite technique to offer CI is to show up the enjoyable and goofy. I produce a vlog to share numerous these classroom happenings and movies with academics around the globe. Once I can discover the time I current my methods at conferences.

2. Why do you assume utilizing photographs and movies in school helps to interact college students?

Nicely, you understand who college students assume is probably the most fascinating and interesting??? Themselves! And earlier than we will anticipate them to study a singular world tradition, we have to present them that their tradition additionally issues to us. It’s simpler to visualise the place these youngsters are coming from once we use their private photographs and movies. As well as, it’s tremendous motivating for language learners once they can truly perceive you. Movie and images are partaking as a result of they supply stay comprehension proof to the scholars. They hear the L2, negotiate which means, and see the affirmation proper in entrance of them.

three. What are a few of your favourite issues to DO with the photographs and movies you present your college students?

I’ve put collectively 6 actions for utilizing photographs and movies in school, that my college students and I really like:

1) An excellent enjoyable movie library I wish to entry accommodates my private house movies. College students are enthusiastic about our lives, and if we would like them to ultimately produce language about themselves we should mannequin participating on this weak state prematurely. I inform understandable tales, do film talks, and use personalised questions and solutions with utilizing some cheesy wedding ceremony clips and an excellent flashy/sequence-y present choir efficiency! We’ve got some nice laughs.

  • It’s essential to offer no matter vocabulary and buildings you assume they’ll want written on the board prematurely, to be able to pause and level for max CI and manufacturing.
  • Permit for plenty of recycling and repeating of the goal buildings  all through the discussions
  • I all the time prioritize fluency and proficiency over accuracy within the course of; and I don’t right errors until I can’t perceive in any respect .

2) The comply with up exercise is to secretly e mail guardians and ask for scholar movies and pics, or simply seek for some on-line. Once I compile the information, I put every image in a slideshow, and on the backside I quantity the slides 1 of 10, 2 of 10, and so forth, in order that the scholars keep engaged the entire time – questioning if they are going to be on the subsequent shock.

  • To make these conversations and circling extra superior, I’ve an inventory of key comply with up phrases I cling on the again wall for myself. These phrases coerce the scholars into sharing greater than the simplest language that’s all the time on the tip of their tongues. For instance…
  • if a scholar says, “HE LIKES DOGS”, I can say, WHY?
  • if a scholar says, “HE BOUGHT A HAMBURGER.” I can say, “YES, AND???”
  • if a scholar says, “HE’S ASLEEP,” I say, “THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN”
  • if a scholar says, “SHE IS NICE,” I can say, “BUUUUUUTTT…”

three) – One other nice useful resource is an internet site that makes use of images and phrase banks to enhance literacy & language expertise. College students see an image and may drag and drop associated phrases from an internet site generated phrase financial institution – that the instructor doesn’t even need to generate – to point out comprehension by way of labeling or capturing the which means. The instructor could make this extra superior utilizing the free write textual content field choice, however in that case I’m unsure you’d want the web site in any respect. College students might use a google doc so as to add Speech bubbles, meme quotes, abstract sentences, and even tales to pictures you or they add.

four) For present occasions and culturally-related pics I’ve a tremendous web site to share: Reuters Footage. At this website you possibly can entry over 1600 information pictures every day, from a community of 600 photographers, together with photographers out of your goal language nations. They’re all dated so that you don’t should do a information analysis by yourself in case your aim is just to seek out pictures.

I insert these right into a presentation on two slides. On first slide I wish to crop the picture as a way to solely see a small-but-interesting a part of it. I let college students guess what the image is about, predict what the headline is, guess the nation of origin and a lot extra. After as a lot communication as you need, click on subsequent to see the picture in its entirety. The suspense and determination helps hold them engaged within the cultural dialogue.

5) Photograph scavenger hunts are all the time enjoyable. I e mail the employees the day earlier than in order that they know that my college students might be out and about, I put college students in teams, and a minimum of one has entry to a digital camera telephone. My college students run across the faculty with an image hunt listing that may be as novice or superior as you need it to be. For instance…

  • Take an image of somebody you admire
  • Take an image of one thing pink
  • Take an image of one thing that would wish in an emergency
  • Take an image of one thing that represents your private tradition
  • Take an image of the place you sit at lunch

After 15 minutes, college students return and shortly airdrop the photographs to my iPhone, add them to a shared google folder or place their telephones beneath my doc cam to share.

It’s so enjoyable to view and PQA these as a category afterwards. Engagement is excessive, which results in elevated language studying, and I print and cling them across the room for the remainder of the yr – group photographs!

6) The final exercise I’ve to share is Image Dictation. It’s kinda like operating dictation, however for superior learners who’re prepared for output.

  • I put the scholars in teams of three across the room, and I place an image within the middle of the room or outdoors that may solely be seen in case you are proper subsequent to it.
  • Scholar A – is The Artist – this individual sits on the desk with clean paper and a marker behind a type of folding cardboard testing partitions, able to pay attention and draw.
  • Scholar B – is the The Describer. This scholar goes to the image and returns to the artist to assist her or him recreate the picture.
  • Scholar C – The Scribe writes what the describer says to the artist, in order that they will examine every little thing when it’s over.

Once I name time, all Artists deliver the paper to the entrance in order that we will decide a winner – the drawing which is most like the unique.

four) The place can our listeners discover you, in the event that they need to study extra?

I lately introduced on Entertaining Enter at CI MIDWEST

Hold your eyes peeled – I could also be presenting on Educating with Scholar Actors for Understandable On-line.

I’ll even be presenting on Edutainment on the MITTEN CI convention on April 26th & 27th.

John Bracey, Tina Hargaden and I are doing a 2-day workshop in Portland, OR on utilizing our Our bodies and Voices to extend comprehension & SLA on Monday & Tuesday – Feb 11 & 12th. (right here’s the CI Liftoff registration).

However, the BEST approach to study with none financial loss is to observe academics educating of their lecture rooms. I simply posted a video name to all academics to share their classroom movies on-line to save lots of college students around the globe with genuine on-line PD and it went instructor viral – that’s what I name 10okay views, LOL. So seek for us – your on-line PLC – on YouTube.

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Park, Yujong; Jung, Eunsu (2016). “Exploring the Use of Video-Clips for Motivation Constructing in a Secondary Faculty EFL Setting.” English Language Educating, v9 n10 p81-89.

Yükselir, Ceyhun; Kömür, Sevki (2017). “Utilizing On-line Movies to Enhance Talking Talents of EFL Learners.” On-line Submission, European Journal of Schooling Research, v3 n5 p255-266.


ETpedia has a particular record of 10 ways in which embrace memes, infographics, and augmented actuality.

Harry Grover Tuttle wrote an article again in 1975 that lists 50 methods of utilizing photographs and movies in school (particularly in world language courses), and you may obtain the pdf right here.

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