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.
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.
If you look at my “Best” lists, you’ll find a lot related resources.