Great YouTube video for listening and speaking task

Here's a nice, generic listening and speaking activity that you can do with many YouTube videos, which I've described previously.

The summarise and present activity suggested there requires the learners to:

  • Watch the video, taking notes as they go along
  • Discuss it in a group of 3-4
  • Agree on a summary of what is being said
  • Watch again to check their summary includes the most important information
  • Prepare a presentation of it, using a maximum of 3 PowerPoint (or whatever) slides
  • Present it to the class in 60 seconds
  • Hold a Q+A session lasting 3 minutes (which you might allow to go on longer, if the discussion generated is fruitful)

Getting more out of the same activity
The activity works particularly well if you (or your learners) can find a different video on the same subject for each of your groups.

If you also have somewhere like a class blog or Edmodo group where the discussion can continue — and your learners can post the different videos, perhaps to be watched later, outside class — that's also fantastic.

This post nearly didn't make it out of "draft", but the activity works so well that, when I was doing the spring cleaning this last weekend I thought I'd post — five years (!!) after first saving it — rather than trash. I think I must have found the video on a post on Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog.

Posting it had nothing to do with the young lady in the static image before the video starts to roll, you understand 😉 !

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  1. You don't mention rehearsing it all, Tom, though I know you always say that's important.

  2. An oversight, Kim.

    I should have included that as I do think it's important. One of the things I love about classroom presentations is that — because there's a "performance" coming up, learners WANT to rehearse and get it as good as possible beforehand. They'll thus repeat the task multiple times and — if you're feeding in improved language and helping them to perform better — and they'll thus get better.

    Without the performance of the presentations, there isn't that motivation and repetition of the task seems pointless. There's a huge difference between (a) repeating the task because your pain-in-the-butt teacher insists that you repeat something for no apparent reason other than his/her own satisfaction and (b) repeating it because YOU want it to be as good as it can get for when you perform it in front of your peers.

    While we're on the subject, a little plug for an article I wrote published on, Collaborative presentations 😉 !

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