Using Video
Resources Compiled by Kristi Reyes, Noncredit ESL Instructor, MiraCosta College

Online video is free, often able to be downloaded, and at your fingertips.  Why not bring the outsite world into your classroom?

Advantages for Students:

  • Authentic language input:  reduce speech, normal rates, contractions, reductions, idioms, various accents
  • Opportunities to build fluency
  • Visual support for language learning

Advantages for Instructors:

  • Numerous free, easy-to-find lesson content
  • Basis of or supplement to thematic, integrated-skills lessons or project-based larning
  • Break from the routine
  • Engaging, high-interest materials

Sample:

 

Handout for a segment of the MSNBC program "The Today Show" on Dr. Q, a former migrant field worker (above)

  

Where to find free videos online: (Handout for download)

Please note:  Any of these sites may contain *adult* content.

Educational

Annenberg Media Teacher Resources http://www.learner.org/resources/ (searchable video titles, including professional development)

BBC Video Nation http://www.bbc.co.uk/videonation/

Calaxy K12HSN http://www.k12hsn.org/edzone/media/gallery.php/videos/listing

Discovery Channel http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/

History Channel Videos http://www.history.com/media.do

iCue http://www.icue.com/ (NBC News Archives – U.S. History, English Language and Composition, U.S. Government and Politics – with interactive activities and quizzes)

JohnLocker.com http://johnlocker.com/  (academic, educational documentaries - download free for 3 days)

PBS http://www.pbs.org/video/

School Tube http://www.schooltube.com/
TeacherTube http://www.teachertube.com/

TeacherTube http://www.teachertube.com

Vidipedia Video Encyclopedia http://www.vidipedia.org (with videos you can edit)

YouTube EDU http://www.youtube.com/edu

World Regional Geography Videos http://www.cadre.com.au/showcase/rowntreeweb/ch03/index.html (world regional geography videos)

News

20/20 http://abcnews.go.com/2020

60 Minutes and other CBS news programs http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml

ABC News http://abcnewsnow.com/

CNN http://www.cnn.com/video/

Dateline http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032600/

IBC Today http://www.ibctoday.com./News/Home.aspx

 i-Caught http://ugv.abcnews.go.com/

Los Angeles Times Video http://www.latimes.com/video/

MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8004316/

The Onion News Network http://www.theonion.com/content/video/

The Today Show http://today.msnbc.msn.com/

USA Today Video http://www.usatoday.com/news/video/player.htm

User-Submitted

BigThink http://bigthink.com/ (record opinions and agree/disagree with others)

Blip.tv http://blip.tv/
Crackle
http://crackle.com/index.aspx
Daily Motion
http://www.dailymotion.com

clipblast http://clipblast.com/(video search engine- streaming videos from across the Web)

Dailymotion http://www.dailymotion.com/us

dotSUB http://dotsub.com/ (transcribed, translated videos)
DropShots
http://www.dropshots.com/
Freevlog
http://www.freevlog.org/index.php/category/tutorial/ (set up a video blog)
Google Video
http://video.google.com/
Internet Archive
http://www.archive.org
MetaTube
http://www.metatube.com/
Odeo http://odeo.com/
OurMedia
http://www.ourmedia.com
Photobucket
http://photobucket.com/
Revver
http://revver.com/
TinyPic
http://tinypic.com/
Viddler
http://www.viddler.com/

Joost http://www.joost.com/

metacafe http://www.metacafe.com/ (videos downloadable with metacafe pro)

OneWorldTV YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/OneWorldTV?gl=GB&hl=en-GB

VideoSurf http://www.videosurf.com (video search engine- streaming videos from across the Web)

videovat http://www.videovat.com/

Vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/

Wordia http://www.wordia.com/ (user-submitted video dictionary)
Yahoo! Video
http://video.yahoo.com/
YouTube
http://www.schooltube.com/
ZippyVideos http://www.zippyvideos.com/

zaplive.tv http://www.zaplive.tv/home (live webcam broadcasts)

Career-Related

California Career Videos http://www.proteusinc.org/jobseekvid/start.html (streaming)

Career Explorer http://www.careerexplorer.net/career-videos/(streaming)

Career One Stop http://www.acinet.org/videos_by_cluster.asp?id=27&nodeid=28 (downloadable)

Career Voyages http://www.careervoyages.gov/careervideos-main.cfm (downloadable with captions)

Education Portal

http://education-portal.com/pages/Career_Field_and_Degree_Program_Videos.html (streaming)

PBS Streaming Futures interviews http://www.streamingfutures.com/ (career advice from famous people)

TV, Movies, Film

Apple itunes Movies http://www.apple.com/itunes/whatson/movies.html (download to computer or video ipod)

Hulu http://www.hulu.com/ (TV)

Internet Archive Moving Images http://www.archive.org/details/movies

Library of Congress Motion Picture and Television Reading Room http://www.loc.gov/rr/mopic/

Turner Classic Movies http://www.tcm.com/multimedia/featuredmovieclips/

How-to

5min http://www.5min.com/Default.aspx

Common Craft http://commoncraft.com/show

Graspr http://www.graspr.com/

Howcast http://www.howcast.com/

Monkeysee http://www.monkeysee.com/

TVLesson http://www.tvlesson.com/

VideoJug http://www.videojug.com/ (downloadable)

ESL-specific

California Distance Learning Project Adult Learning Activities http://www.cdlponline.org/

Daily English Show http://www.thedailyenglishshow.com/

English Club http://www.englishclub.com/esl-video/

English for All http://www.myefa.org/

English Media Lab http://www.englishmedialab.com/

ESL Video http://www.eslvideo.com/ (use or make your own quizzes on video from online sources)

langoLAB http://langolab.com/ (language learning with video transcriptions)

Learn English Feel Good http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/eslvideo/

Real English http://www.real-english.com/

TEFLclips http://www.teflclips.com/

Yappr Language Learning Portal http://www.yappr.com

Humor

atom http://www.atom.com/

College Humor http://www.collegehumor.com/

Funny or Die http://www.funnyordie.com/

FunnyPlace http://www.funnyplace.org/

Kontraband http://www.kontraband.com/

Stupid Videos http://stupidvideos.com/

XHollywood http://www.xhollywood.com/funny/video-clips/ 

Streaming

OTAN Streaming Video List http://otanstreamingvideo.pbwiki.com (subscription and free video services)

Other

Online Video Industry Index: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/online_video_index.php

 

How to save videos you find online:

Option 1:  Copy and Paste the URL link into a Word document or email message.  In the URL address area, select the address, copy [Ctrl] + [C].  Open a document or email message, and paste [Ctrl] + [V].  To show the clip, simply click on the link in your email message or open the document and press the control key [Ctrl] and click at the same time.  Disadvantage:  The web is constantly changing.  A video clip you find today may not on the web tomorrow.

 

Option 2:  A few websites have a download button.  You can click that button and choose where on your computer you want the video downloaded and saved to.  Disadvantage:  Few video hosting sites have this option.

 

Option 3:  Many websites have a “Share” button (not only for emailing) that allow you to get the html code for embedding the video on your own website or blog.  Disadvantage:  Same as for Option #1.

 

Option 4:  There are a few websites that allow you to enter the URL of a video clip and choose the type of video file you want to convert it to: 

·         Javimoya http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php (download online videos from a variety of video sharing sites – converts to .flv -- .flv player needed; can also record live streaming video) -- similar is KeepVid http://keepvid.com/

·         Save2PC http://www.save2pc.com/ (converts to .flv, .avi, .mpeg)

·         Zamzar http://www.zamzar.com/ (will email you the converted video clip, which you can download; see video hosting sites it supports at http://www.zamzar.com/url/overview.php) Note:  especially useful for converting one type of video file to another (for example, .avi to .wmv)

·         Vixy.net http://vixy.net/ (downloads YouTube videos directly to your computer)

·         YouTube Catcherhttp://www.youtubecatcher.com/ (downloads YouTube videos directly to your computer but requires free download of the Flv Player to view)

 

Option 5:  YouTube Downloader http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/ is a free downloadable software that lets you enter a URL for an online video and downloads and converts it.  According to the site, YouTube Downloader can download videos from these and several other sites:  YouTube, Google Video, Myspace TV, Yahoo, Blip.tv, DailyMotion.

Handout for hyperlinking, inserting, and embedding video into a PowerPoint 2007 slideshow

 

Lesson Plans, Online Exercises, and Resources:

 

Using Authentic Video in the Language Classoom  by Jane Sherman, Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers, is an excellent source of numerous ideas for integrating video.

 

Article “Using Video to Develop Writing Fluency in Low-Proficiency ESL Students”  http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Wolf-UsingVideo.html

 

TESOL EVO Video Sessions http://evovideo09.wikispaces.com/

 

Internet TESL Journal http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Video/for more links and recommended text for integrating video

 

 

Dave’s ESL Café Idea Book on using video:  http://www.eslcafe.com/idea/index.cgi?Video

 

Karin’s ESL Partyland  http://www.eslpartyland.com/teachers/nov/film.htm (lesson plans and materials for six movies and Scavenger Internet Hunt about Movies http://www.eslpartyland.com/interactive/scavenger/scavhunt.htm)

 

The Internet TESL Journal’s lesson plans on movies/videos (scroll down to video) http://iteslj.org/Lessons/ and http://iteslj.org/Lessons/Tatsuki-Movie/index.html

 

English Notes:  The English Learner Movie Guides  http://www.eslnotes.com/  (guides, not lesson plans – character descriptions, plot summaries, vocabulary/idioms, and discussion questions for many movies)

 

ESL Galaxy movie materials http://www.esl-galaxy.com/video.htm

 

Links to movie- and movie trailer-based materials, online listening and viewing exercises, quizzes, and more:  http://cla.univ-fcomte.fr/english/sites/video.htm

 

Ideas for role playing and other lesson activities using video: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Square/3472/greatscenes.html#lessons

 

See ESL Flow’s Teaching with Movies page for links on reading and writing movie reviews:  http://www.eslflow.com/teachinglanguagewithmovies.html

 

Read, Write, Think:  http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/index.asp (See links for online tools to make Plot Diagrams, Drama Map, Story Map, Time Lines, Venn Diagrams)

 

See example online activities at http://www.eslvideo.com/index.html, http://www.elrebumbio.org/lord/lord.htm, http://www.real-english.com/

 

Commercial Services: Tech Learning article “No Fuss Video” http://www.techlearning.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=192700192

 

Annotate YouTube Video  http://www.youtube.com/t/annotations_about  Add text commentary to online videos.

Nanocrowd Movie Search Engine http://www.nanocrowd.com/

 

Teach with Movies Index http://www.teachwithmovies.org/indexes-main.htm#subjects