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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – 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). In short, there are many ways to use them that promote speaking, listening, writing and reading.

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

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


The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part One

The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – So Far


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

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far

The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

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

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween

Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 — Part Two:

Here are some fun videos that English Language Learners could watch and then describe what they saw in writing and verbally:

This year’s John Lewis Christmas ad tells an story that would be engaging to English Language Learners and it’s very accessible to them. They can watch it and then describe — verbally and in writing — what they saw:

I have a lot of chase scene movie clips in The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development (along with suggestions on how to use them for language-development) and have to add this one to the list:

American’s Funniest Home Videos, whose DVD collections have been a great tool in my English Language Learner classes, turned twenty-five years old, and The New York Times marked the occasion with a lengthy article, A Generation of Unintended Laughs: ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Turns 25.

The program, which now also has a very popular YouTube channel is a great source of videos to use in the many language-development activities I describe in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

I do think that some of them are in poor taste and a bit cruel, but the vast majority are good clean fun.

Here’s their YouTube playlist for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday (I still think it’s worth investing in the DVDs, though):

I have a fun collection of videos titled The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters. They’re great to have English Language Learners watch and then describe — both verbally and in writing — what they saw.

Here’s a new one I’m adding to that list:

These two compilation videos would be great for English Language Learners — they’re entertaining and in slow motion, so neither they or the teacher has to worry about it going to fast. Students can easily describe what they are seeing.

I think they’re all appropriate for classroom use though have to admit I didn’t get a chance to watch all of either of them.

I’m adding the two clips to The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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

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  1. Hi Mr Larry, I am an English language facilitator for Beaconhouse school system in Pakistan. My job is to train teachers how to improve and enhance their spoken Language skills. Prior to this I have been training people in the call center industry.
    I have been asked to develop a program which uses movies and interesting articles. The spoken skills of the teachers in this region varies a lot, we have all sorts here from multilingual to people who have no idea what they are talking about. If possible I need help, it will really be appreciated.

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