Part III: Building listening skills: Getting the best out of videos and youtube
We have watched the videos, completed the tasks, what’s next? After all the effort spent in pre- and during- activities, it would be a shame to end there.
Videos are a fabulous means of reviewing, reinforcing and extending the subject language and skills.
1) Write a summary: Use the graphic organisers that students have completed, turn those notes into a summary. Highlight what a summary is and what you expect of a summary. Or write a journalist report, a critic’s review, from the point of view of the protagonist, etc. – cash in on the genre that your level and class are currently learning.
2) Expert Groups: Perhaps the video lends itself to forming different groups arguing their points of view. Or if each group watched different segments of the videos, they form expert groups to teach the others what they’ve learnt.
3) Discussions: Take it further by using the information to create hypothesis, predict outcomes, give personal opinions, as ‘what if..’ questions, etc.
4) Debates: Debates are wonderful tools for oral extension, recycling of vocabulary and schema as well as a chance for students to show off their argumentative skills.
5) Draw a picture: Get their creative juices flowing by drawing a picture of their interpretation of the video.
6) Student created quizzes: In groups, students create questions based on certain themes. Put these questions together for an end of topic review session.
7) Mind-map Madness: Each group or pairing is given an A3 paper and markers. In 10 mins, they have to create a mind-map of the video.
8) K-W-L: What I Know, What I Want to know, What I have Learnt. The third stage of this learning framework lends itself well to post-viewing. Students can then pair-share what they have learnt.
Once again, these are mere suggestions in the rich well of strategies. If you have used strategies that worked well, I’m eager to hear from you.
5) And don’t forget our good old Moodle!