Integrative Use of Online Videos in the English Language Classroom
Tuesday, June 24 11:55 AM-12:15 PM
We have developed a methodology from our years of experience to assist both pre-service and in-service EFL teachers in using online video to create effective language lessons. The Revised English Curriculum for the State of Israel (Nov. 2013) stated: Activities that enable learners to be involved cognitively and affectively in the learning process are a crucial element in learning English. Teachers need to provide learners with thought-provoking learning opportunities in order to promote effective language learning. We believe that this requirement can be achieved by appropriately integrating authentic video into English language classes. In order to be able to use the video component effectively, we decided to analyze course books used by participants in our teacher training workshops. In the planning stages of our workshops, we mapped out units on various levels according to the major topics and the linguistic points covered. During this process we identified the segment in a particular unit where we felt extra-linguistic and communicative practice needed. Our aim in incorporating this input was to enrich the written text with video and its accompanying sound track. Consequently, we searched for online video clips and created worksheets for implementation. Our methodology and examples of these cooperative language learning techniques will be presented.