Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Reading #2: Practical Aspects of Using Video in the Foreign Language Classroom by Christine Canning-Wilson

Using video in the 2nd language classroom can certainly be beneficial for students because video is often easier to understand than a sound only passage, especially for visual learners. Video can also be used to engage students, but Canning-Wilson pointed out that there needs to be an educational purpose for the use of video. We need to ask ourselves how the students will benefit from watching the video. We also need to think about showing the videos in short segments, so we don't overwhelm the students. When we play videos without stopping them, students can get distracted or just give up because they can't comprehend it. I am reminded that I need to continue to go over some vocab words in the video, activate the students background knowledge, and put some questions on the board before watching a video. Giving them questions beforehand will give them some things to look for and hopefully help them stay focused on the task at hand. This could lead into a think, pair, share activity after that.

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