Present your school

School presentations are a universal video format where students introduce their own school. The productions can range from simple slide shows to sophisticated video productions. They are useful outcomes for European cooperation and exchange. The core ideas have been developed within the DIVIS project: http://divisproject.eu

Include specific vocabulary related to school in an authentic setting. Develop presentation skills in the foreign language.

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Als ich 16 war

This activity captures reflection in a foreign language. It follows a standard video production approach and works especially well within adult education. It is also a useful way of capturing a particular use of language, in this case tense.

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Define love

A modern dictionary for a modern audience through video for all. Learners create a video about a word or expression of their choice using signs, written examples in context, providing a definition of the word, acting to illustrate the word in context or describing what a word means to them, illustrating it with personal experiences.

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Learn my language..it’s fun! Araba Euskaraz

Students created a video to promote their language and culture.This video encourages people to speak Basque and not set it aside. Teachers in the video encourage everyone to speak Basque at school, with friends and with the family and to enjoy speaking that language. Besides launching this message, they are celebrating Ikastola’s Day. Every year, the Basque community create a new video with the same topic.

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Online display

This collection of video clips was made by Higher Education students in Blaise Pascal University, Clermont Ferrand, France. They are all learning English and chose a favourite recipe which they explain and demonstrate making. Their video clips are created and published online and the URL used to create a QR code. These graphic codes can be scanned using a free QR code reader and playback on mobile devices.

Scan the QR code on your phone to view the playlist.

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Using video to provide model answers

In this example the students have been sent a model answer to a question using screen cast technology. The teacher has highlighted the key points that should have been included in the answer using a word processor and then created the video where the teacher talks through the answer and what should be included. The teacher then sends the model answer to the students, who can then use the video to evaluate their own work. This can be an excellent way of doing self-evaluation since the students can listen to the video and decide what mark they should get, what was missing from their own essay etc.

The idea of the model answer video is to encourage the students to reflect and think about their own work. It is cognitively more demanding to get the students to think about their own work rather than simply provide feedback to the students.  It works best where all the students are all writing the same essay since it would be impossible to create model answers for each question if each student did something different. Model examples of presentations, telling a story, describing something could all help students reflect on their own work.

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Pop music clips

Creating music clips – with guidelines produced by the PopuLLar project. PopuLLar is a very successful European funded project that uses popular music, video and languages to motivate language learning. Secondary students work, mainly autonomously, to select, write, direct, act, video and edit their song productions. Over 65 videos have been produced by students so far and the project continues.

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