Video for daily routines and notes and messages

Someone recommended this on Twitter to me. It’s a short film called ‘Signs’. Other than being intrinsically entertaining, it’s one of those videos that just cries out to be used in ELT. The opening minute follows a bored office worker through his typical daily life. If you played it to students and they noted down each event in his routine, you’d have a nice opening to a lesson on present simple and adverbs of frequency for daily routines. Students would write down the verbs in the film (get up, have breakfast, start work, photocopy, have lunch, go home, have dinner,…

7 billion: Are you typical? (Integrating video with all four skills)

In my talk about using video in the classroom I mention the importance of combining images with language (see dual coding theory) and also integrating video with language teaching. In the actual presentation for this, I use a number of practical activities for classroom use to illustrate my point. Here’s one activity that seems really popular to use with students because it integrates all four skills (reading, writing, listening,and speaking). The video is free to use online from the National Geographic website (or you’ll also find it on You Tube). It’s about the most typical person on the planet basedon…