There are not really that many online videos showing ESL/EFL teachers working with students in a classroom. There are some, though, and I thought I’d put them together in another “The Best…” list.
I have a little reluctance about calling this a “The Best…” list, though, since I haven’t watched many of the videos, and can’t say for sure if I think they really show good instructional strategies. However, most come recommended by other blogger/teachers whose judgment I respect, so I decided to indeed use the word “Best.”
Here are my picks for The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom:
Nik Peachey recommends two sites for these types of videos: British Council Training Videos and a series of fourteen videos produced by the Online English Language Center in conjunction with the University of Oregon called Shaping The Way We Teach English.
David Deubelbeiss at the extraordinary EFL Classroom 2.0 has quite a collection of useful teaching videos. This the direct link to them, though you have to join in order to watch. Joining is free and takes seconds.
Learning The Language (not to be confused with Mary Ann Zehr’s excellent Ed Week blog with the same name) is a documentary taking a semester-long look at an adult ESL class in Texas. Kenneth Beare recommends it.
Animated Teacher Training doesn’t have videos. Instead, it has animated modules with text and audio support to help ESL/EFL teachers learn how to teach. I found this on EFL Classroom 2.0.
David Rosen recommends the videos that demonstrate teaching adults ESL at the Media Library of Teaching Skills for adult learning and literacy. They have links to even more similar videos here.
The New American Horizons Foundation has created The Adult ESL Training Video Project. They’re creating a series of training videos, Teaching ESL to Adults: Classroom Approaches in Action. Eight of the videos are now available to watch for free online.
TEFL Videos has over 100 short videos of actual lessons in the classroom with English Language Learners. You have to pay $95 for a year subscription to it, however. I can’t recommend paying for them, but they also have ten you can see for free. The two that I looked at seemed pretty decent, so the site is worth a look.
Watch and Learn is a series of four videos from Colorin Colorado. Here is how it describes the feature:
Funded by the American Federation of Teachers, Watch & Learn presents four video modules featuring strategies from secondary ELL classrooms and interviews with experts on ELL best practices.
Supporting English Language Learners, Grades 1 to 8 Video and Print Resources has a number of useful classroom videos.
Suggestions and feedback, as always, are welcome.