Video and Task Idea: “Top 10 List” Videos

This is a quick idea for a task you can use with a video that gives some kind of “top 10” or “top 5” (or whatever number) list. It works best with students at the intermediate level or higher, but I think it could be adapted if you want to use it with lower-level students. …

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How to Do a MovieTalk with Full-Length Movies

In my first few years of teaching ESL, I always thought that movies and videos in English would be great resources to use in class. But whenever I tried to use them, it never worked well. The students could barely understand anything, and the whole experience just ended up being frustrating for both my students …

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Where to Find Videos for English Class

It can be hard to find good-quality, engaging videos to use in class or for students to watch on their own. There are a ton of videos aimed at English learners on YouTube, but most of them are simply explanations about grammar points or lists of words/phrases  (“Learn 10 English idioms about food!”). It’s hard …

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The Best 2018 Super Bowl Commercials for Class

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl last night, but I was excited to see the lists of the best commercials online today. There are two commercials in particular that I think will work well in my ESL classes, and I’m planning on using them tomorrow. I’m going to use both videos as a MovieTalk. MovieTalk …

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