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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

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I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

I’ve posted quite a few of them during the year, and I thought it would be useful to readers — and to me — if I brought them together in one post.

The videos on this list have appeared since I published The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far six months ago.

I’ve also published quite a few during the previous six years of this blog. You can find those in these lists:

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part One)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2010

Part Two Of The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008

The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One

The Best Pink Panther Fight Scenes For English Language Learners

The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner

The Best Sports Videos To Use With English Language Learners

The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters

The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More

Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — Part Two:

This Thanksgiving Google Doodle would be a great video to show English Language Learners and have them describe what happens in it:

Flavorwire has posted The 25 Most Suspenseful Movies Ever Made – with video clips!

Some wouldn’t be appropriate for classroom use, but many would be great to show English Language Learners and use the various instructional strategies that I talk about in The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development.

Here’s one:

I’ve previously written how I use illusions and magic as language learning activities. Here’s another great illusion that can be used in the same way, and that students will love:

This would be a good video (of a shopper who tangled with the wrong dog in a parking lot) to show English Language Learners and have them describe (verbally and in writing) what happened:

The 21 Luckiest People In The Entire World is a pretty amazing GIF collection from BuzzFeed.

Show these to English Language Learners and have them describe what they are watching, perhaps alternating with the Back-To-The-Screen exercise I use with videos (read about it here).

I think this video of animals squeezing into small places would be entertaining and useful in ESL classes — students could describe what they are seeing in writing and verbally:

I think this would be a good video (titled “Giving”) to show to English Language Learners and have them describe what is happening. Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip:

Floating In My Mind is a short animated video about making memories and losing them.

I think it could be an interesting movie to show to my English Language Learners to see how they would describe what they saw — I wonder if all would describe it literally or if some, unprompted, would see the deeper story it’s trying to tell..

Sharknado, the movie that appeared on the Syfy Channel over the summer, I think qualifies for the most ridiculous movie of the year — a tornado filled with sharks terrorizes people.

Since it’s so ridiculous, I think I’m putting it trailer on my list of video clips that that English Language Learners can watch and describe.  I think they’d find it hilarious.

You might also be interested in my other 1,200 “The Best..” lists….

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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