Halloween? Kissing? Halo 3 Tips…? The "How to" video is on VideoJug
My colleague Carolyn Edwards has just told me about VideoJug.com. It's not quite YouTube but has stacks of "How to" videos on it.
As a lesson, you could probably get a lot of mileage out of asking your learners before watching "How to" go about a particular task; get them to make notes of the stages involved; then watch and, while watching, get them to tick in their notes which are mentioned in the video — giving you student-generated, ready-made, photocopy-free listening comprehension questions.
As a follow-up, assuming you have access to a video camera (or video-equipped mobile phones), get them in groups to (first) storyboard a video of their own and (then) film it.
Your films could then be uploaded on to VideoJug or YouTube, and/or embedded on a class blog.
Not so sure the Love&Sex section is somewhere you want to take your (young) learners (like "Creative Kissing" or the hilarious Avoid Trapped Arm Whilst Cuddling In Bed) but with adults there lots of fun stuff there, and in the site's other sections.
There's a ton of great listening comprehension on YouTube, stuff that's so much more interesting than the things that come on your coursebook CD — to start with because (especially to kids!) watching a video clip of (say) a song is so much more interesting than a CD…
Getting them to do the work One of my colleagues suggested having the learners, in pairs, search for a suitable interview with a famous person, and then write listening comprehension questions for another pair. Get them to choose the video — don't you make the choice.
Doing that means that there is so much more active involvement of the learners, with them wanting to listen, and wanting to listen again. Whether or not they come up with great listening comprehension questions is not important either: what the activity does is make them creators, not merely consumers of content.
Or letting someone else do the work…? If you prefer someone else to do part of your lesson planning for you, teflclips.com is a site which will interest you.
On yappr.com you have YouTube-like videos conveniently sorted by subject and level of difficulty, many of them with a subtitle option.
Another idea from teachingenglish.org.uk, which came to me via its RSS feed: a horse race dictation, in which "students try to predict the order of words in a jumbled sentence before listening for the answer" — the listening requiring the teacher to give them a horse race commentary with the words taking the place of the horses.
I've not actually tried it out, but it sounds like a lot of fun…!