Kristi Reyes, MiraCosta College Noncredit ESL
Instructors: Eli Clarke, Kristi Reyes, and librarian/videographer Richard Ma
Students in my class chose scenes from TV programs or movies, viewed, and transcribed scripts. Transcriptions were corrected with actual scripts. Eli used the popular ESL video series Crossroads Cafe for the source of the project with here class. Transcripts of the scenes are readily available, as are teaching materials, such as the textbooks and free online materials.
Scene from Crossroads Cafe
Another excellent, free source of videos -- complete with transcripts and online exercises for 20 video episodes -- that could be used for this type of project is English for All.
After signing release forms, students were filmed at the beginning of a nine-week term reciting scripts and later viewed themselves, comparing their videos with the original scene. Over the course of the term, students rehearsed the script, viewed again the original scenes, received one-on-one coaching and feedback on pacing, voicing, stress, intonation, and other aspects of their pronunciation. At the end of the term, students were again filmed. A rubric was used to evaluate the pre- and post-oral performances as an assessment tool.
“Chucho and father fight” scene from Mi Famila * Warning: strong language
Movie Scene Scripts / Transcripts (Word document to download)
Recommended Web sources:
For scenes and transcripts
See Using Movies to Teach English for resources (finding movie scripts and more)
For video sharing and commenting
Boostcast (make your own videosharing site)
A Blog, Wiki, TeacherTube, or other online videosharing sites could be used
For videorecording with a teleprompter (free online teleprompters)
Who: adult students in multi-level Vocational ESL class, MiraCosta College,Oceanside, CA
Instructors: Ruth Gay, Kristi Reyes
Similarly, students rehearsed a job interview script (modified from ExpressWays: English for Communication, by Molinksy and Bliss, Prentice Hall Regents), taking the roles of interviewer and applicant, and pre- / post-videos documented student progress, while a rubric was used to evaluate oral performance and provide feedback.
Revised script: JobInterviewScript.docx
Web sources used:
VESL Blog and Blackboard -- for uploading, sharing, and commenting on video
Vidoes with sample job interviews and tips:
www.suemorem.com Job Seekers videos and samples of job interviews with critiques of candidates.
Videos about the importance of making a good first impression:
Videos and information about Understanding the Interview, Mastering the Interview, and Strategic Interview Responses. Click on the link and then click “Launch” to see a video:
The Importance of First Impressions: