Using Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker tool, an existing video clip is repurposed for language learning by overlaying speech bubbles with text.
Mozilla no longer support this tool but Wikimedia is going to support it going forward.
Created by beginner students of Mandarin in Higher Education, this role play scenario is performed in a location that is appropriate to the content, helping increase the authenticity of the task.
Students use any video recording device to video record each other in a class activity. Later they watch the video at home, transcribe their speech and fill in a self-evaluation form. Strengths and weaknesses from their performances are highlighted and discussed in the following class. Self evaluation, critical thinking and constructive criticism are some of the skills practiced within this activity.
Students practice the L2 by speaking to other students from abroad through Skype, Hangout or other telecollaborative tools. Two students, one from Spain and another one from the USA (English-Spanish L1 &L2), speak half of the time in English, another half in Spanish and sometimes they use code switching when they do not know specific vocabulary, so they help each other. They talk about different things (food, Xmas, what they do at school, in their free time, favourite films and books, etc). At the end of their talk, they provide feedback about this activity.
A video produced by young children of different ages during a recreational activity in Italian and English. The task was simply to listen and sing along with songs but actually this practice can be used in various ways within the language classroom.
Creative collages is about bringing words (written and spoken) together in a modern style video production. Students can type words, cut out printed words, create their own words, put them together on top of each other, combine them with other materials. At the same time words / sentences can be recorded and combined with the images. These ideas work well in conjunction with the art lesson.
Everybody is familiar with the concept of television commercials. Relying on the 30 second common framework students develop a short script. Depending on their language skills this include up to sophisticated scripts. In this example the focus is on learning adjectives. Check out the German example: https://youtu.be/YyXq0xupd_I
Video drama is an active support for the application of a foreign language. It is based on long running ideas of staging a language – where body movement and expression can help language learners to get confidence in applying the foreign language but also learn through experimenting with their foreign language.
In this example the teacher is using a simple tool called Present.Me to act out a part of an exam. In this example we can see a teacher working with a student but this could easily be two students working together. The questions have been written into PowerPoint and uploaded into the system and then the voice and webcam has been added to a the PowerPoint. The tool is very easy to use.