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:
Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 — Part One:
Thanks to Edutopia and Amy Erin Borovoy, who published Five-Minute Film Festival: The Best Cat Videos for Educators, I found this great video that English Language Learners could watch and then describe verbally & in writing:
This is a great video for English Language Learners — there’s no dialogue, but it’s engaging and funny. ELLs can watch it and then describe in writing and verbally what happened in it:
This is a great video of a voice actor making 30 animal sounds. Even better, the name of the animal is displayed after each sound.
One way I reinforce new vocabulary is by playing sound effects games where I play sounds representing words we have recently learned (water dripping from a faucet, door opening, etc) and have students use small whiteboards to get points (that are just for fun) for the correct word. I use it when we learn animals, too. It’s easy to find these sound effects online, but playing a video like this and stopping it prior to the name showing up on the screen could be a lot more fun.
Having English Language Learners put words in the mouth (or thoughts in the mind) of puppets, animals, or photographs of people is a common activity in the classroom. It can be fun and less-threatening when it’s something/someone else who’s talking (or, at least, it can feel that way to the student).
You can learn specific strategies to use at:
The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects, which includes a number of sites where you can choose photos and add “speech bubbles” to them.
The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English, which includes sites you can use online to actually provide audio to images or animations.
Another engaging strategy is show short animal videos and have students develop a dialogue or a series of sentences the animals might be thinking.
There are lots of suitable videos online, and you can start at The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters. Students can simply act them out when showing videos on a screen with the sound turned-off, or you can be more sophisticated and dub the videos themselves.
Here’s an example that an environmental campaign created (several others will play through if you want):
I’ve previously posted about The Action Movie Kid and how they are great clips to show English Language Learners and have them describe what they see.
Their creator has just put all of them into one video. Here it is:
Here are several more fun short videos that English Language Learners could watch and then describe what they saw verbally and in writing:
Show English Language Learners this video and have them describe what they see — but be sure to warn them to try this at home!