Para professores: Usando vídeos com crianças



Using videos
Submitted by Sally Trowbridge on 15 January, 2010 – 13:05

You can watch videos and listen to children talk about their lives on the British Council’s NEW LearnEnglish Kids site for young learners. The short topic-based videos are all found in one section called Kids Talk:

Topics and resources: find your way around
Click on an image to select a video. Underneath each video you’ll find printable activities, scripts and a question about the video for children to respond to by posting comments.
To the right of each video you will find a list of links to activities related to the topic: videos, quizzes, flash cards, word searches, online games, stories, songs and more activities.

Classroom ideas
Here are some tips and ideas for using the Kids Talk videos in the classroom.

Pre-viewing: Prepare students for what they are about to watch by doing some of these activities.

* Brainstorm vocabulary connected with the video topic. Set a time limit of two minutes to keep this snappy.
* Revise and pre-teach vocabulary with flashcard activities. Find the flashcards you need listed in alphabetical order of topic here:
* Introduce new vocabulary by showing the picture cards to students one-by-one, saying the word, then asking a question about the item. For example, if you are introducing wild animals you could hold up a tiger picture and say: Tiger. What noise does a tiger make? For food items you could ask students to raise their hands if they like or dislike the different food items on the cards.
* Drill new vocabulary by having students repeat words after you.
* Play a game of ‘What’s in my bag?’ to give students practice saying the new vocabulary item. Put a set of picture cards in a bag and take each one out slowly. Students have to guess which card you are going to take out next. Children can either shout out their guesses or for a quieter game have them put hands up and wait to be asked for their guess.
* Click here for lots more ways to use flash cards in class:
* Tell learners they are going to watch a video about..…What do they expect to hear and see? Prediction will help with comprehension – they’ll have some idea of what to expect. Write any predictions on the board to refer to later.

While viewing: Give students a task to do while watching to provide something for them to focus on. The first viewing could be to establish a general understanding of the video. Subsequent viewings can concentrate on more detailed and specific understanding.

* Have students sit back-to-back in pairs, with only one student of the pair able to see the screen. Play the video with no volume. The viewing student describes the film to his/her partner. You could then pause the video half way and have students swap roles.
* Play the video through once with volume. Were the students’ previous predictions of content correct?
* The teacher can pause the video and students predict what they will see/hear next.
* Learners listen for specific pre-taught vocabulary. Have 6-8 words or pictures on the board – students raise a hand when they hear the words.
* Print out the audio scripts before viewing (click under the video to find these) and chop them up into sections. Have students work in pairs to order the script as they watch.
* Print out the audio scripts (available under the video) before viewing. Blank out some words, phrases or questions. Students complete the scripts as they watch.

Post-viewing: Follow-up and extension activities can focus on language from the videos or use the videos as a springboard for connected tasks.

* Ask students for a personal response. Discuss some of the questions under each video and have students give their opinions.
* Your learners can read some of the students’ comments under each video. Do they agree or disagree with these opinions?
* Your learners can send their own written comments to LE Kids. First they need to register here: There is a simple form to complete. Children will have to give an e-mail address, as this is where the password information will be sent. If your students don’t have their own e-mail address they will have to join with the help of their parents. This is a good idea anyway so that parents are involved in the process.
* Print and do one of the fun activity sheets with word searches, puzzles and more. Find these under the videos or on the right of the page.
* You can read tips on using topic-based resources related to the video you want to use. They are in alphabetical order so scroll down until the find the one you want:
* There’s also a list of topics in alphabetical order under the explore tab:
With one click you will be taken to all the material connected to the topic you are looking for.
* Alternatively, use the search facility. Just put in the name of the topic and you should find it!
* For project work you might want to browse related activities. Click on the following links to see what’s available:
o Online games:
o Stories (traditional and original):
o Songs (traditional and original):
o Craft downloads (masks, puppets, pictures to colour and more):

Make a video:

* Top tip: Have a helper (a student or another teacher) to do the filming. It can be tricky to film students and maintain order at the same time.
* Low tech: For some simple, low-tech tips on making a short film using a digital camera or mobile phone look here: Then go to ‘How to’ and click on the mobile phone and camera images for tips.
* Hi tech: Nik Peachey has come up with lots of ideas for using a webcam in class:

Make sure that videos of your students are only shown in class. Parental permission may be needed for public viewing.

When you have used some of these ideas, why not come back to this page and leave a comment below to tell us how your class went. Let us know if you have any additional ideas!


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