Part II: Building listening skills: Getting the best out of videos and youtube
How do I keep students engaged during the video? Setting a task will keep them focused.
Have students read their worksheets or study the graphic organizers before the video.
It is advisable to play the video in its entirety before students complete their worksheets.
Pause at significant sections to allow students to write or take in what has been said.
You may need to play it more than twice on some occasions.
1) Turn on the subtitles: This will be most helpful especially if the audio is a bit crackly or you have tiny speakers in the room!
3) Gap-fill: Create a gap fill worksheet. Be mindful that it is in chronological order and does not require more than 3 words per gap (or students do not have time to listen and write). It’d be good if the gaps are filled with information and not just new words.
4) Questions: Create a series of questions that you would like your students to answer. Be mindful to keep to a particular format – having gap-fills, matching items, and short answers in one worksheet is cognitively challenging.
5) Student-created questions: Task different groups to come up with either, Why?, When? Who? questions; students have to create 3 questions for their peers to answer; students create True/False questions.
6) Jigsaw: Perhaps your topic or theme allows for the creation of picture jigsaws or concepts that can be matched or be arranged chronologically during the video.
7) Blank screen: Freeze the screen (on your IWB), play only the audio. Have students give the gist of the video or predict what they might see in the video. Then play the video, visuals and all.
8) Hands in the air: For a more interactive viewing experience, have students raise their hands every time they hear a specific question answered.
Using youtube videos (from a colleague)
– removes all the clutter from youtube so it just shows the clip on a white screen, simple and brilliant