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niamhmcnulty · May 18, 2019 at 6:05 pm

Around the world: Teaching mathematics.
This game enables you to ask students questions around the classroom.
The first two students are asked by the teacher (you) a simple maths question (based on what you have already learned), with the first to answer declared the winner – they then stand behind the next person and compete to answer another question, etc.
This combines maths and listening skills!

hespa001 · June 6, 2019 at 9:37 pm
The BBC have a series of short news broadcast clips developed for people learning English at different levels. These clips are useful for engaging students with British culture as well as giving them a variety of topics to choose from. Many of the topics would also be good starters for debates and other activities.

    Gayatri · June 28, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Perhaps the teacher could prepare some questions beforehand, to test the students’ understanding of the topics they have learned.

      gskaza · July 10, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      The transcripts of the reports could be printed out for the students with some of the words taken out, so that they have to fill in the gaps.

jackmainwaring · June 9, 2019 at 5:52 pm

This link is to a page full of audio clips suitable for classroom learning. A range of abilities is catered for in this resource. Each audio clip comes with a transcript and sample questions/worksheets.

An activity directed to the audio clip referenced by @hespa001:

The audio clip was a news report concerning the UK’s initial talks with the EU following Brexit. An activity that could be used with this would be some sort of ‘information gaps’ activity. The students would be provided with a transcript of the report with certain words/phrases missing, which they then have to fill in while listening to the audio clip. There are certain words in the audio clip that would be ideal for such an activity, such as ‘triggers’ and ‘mechanism’. Students may not be initially confident with the meaning behind these words in context, which allows for future explanation/discussion about the meanings of these words following the activity.

    Alec · July 2, 2019 at 8:04 am

    For the audio clips, an activity could be to fill in the gaps of an incomplete transcript. This activity should be quite straightforward but encourages the students to follow along with the conversation whilst practising their reading skills too.

Sneha Lala · June 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm
Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes.

Begin the lesson with the video clip that they listen to. Visual aids help them associate what they are hearing with the action. Then ask them to label the different body parts mentioned. Finally sing the song together without the video to see if they have learnt the words and recognised them from listening. This doesn’t show many words in context but may be useful as an introduction exercise for very young learners.

    Patricia-Ioana Sfagau · June 19, 2019 at 9:20 am

    For this video children could join the video and point to the body parts when they hear them in the song.
    After the video the teacher could ask for some volunteers to come forward and show the class that they can name body parts without the audio. Also the teacher can be the one in front pointing snd the entire class can reply.

      serenalhayes · June 27, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      The song can also be sung as a class, but using a version where a particular word (e.g. toes) is omitted. This will assess the children’s learning of the vocabulary in a fun and engaging way. As the song will still be sung as a group, children are able to assess their own understanding of the vocabulary without being singled out.

        gskaza · July 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm

        You could further the students’ learning by providing them with a drawing/image of a human body. Get them first to label the head, shoulder, knees and toes, and then expand upon this by teaching them other body parts. You could get them to incorporate this new vocabulary into the same tune of this song, such as by singing: arms and legs, and knee and wrist. Students with a higher ability/understanding could be given more complicated vocabulary or simply more vocabulary of the body, while the weaker students can just stick to the vocabulary in the song.

jla2g18 · June 13, 2019 at 6:48 am
Jack’s Breakfast
A short story surrounding Jack’s morning routine is played three times – the first time at normal speed, the second time with pauses and lisstening aids included, and again at normal speed for the third repetition.

It tells a story which contextualises the new information and has a cartoon that may be more likely to keep people engaged along with the audio.

    juliazlot · June 26, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Following this, it might be useful to discuss some of the vocab used in the video and add some others based on the theme of food shopping, then use role play in pairs to get students to practice shop interactions.

Evie Burrows · June 13, 2019 at 5:44 pm

An activity to complement the video suggested by @jla2g18:
Students pair up for a speaking and listening task. One student talks about their morning routine and about what they like to eat for breakfast. The other student writes down keywords or draws a flow diagram. This activity would work best if the vocabulary for routines and food was already established.
My resource: Animals – (up to 1:40)
This video is very information-rich. It probably contains a lot of new words so may not be suitable for very early learners. There are pictures though which hopefully guide understanding to some extent. After the video, new words are introduced, but via definitions which may not be the best way to present them. I would use activities to introduce them in a more engaging way. Later in the video it encourages students to repeat sentences which are spoken out with subtitles, which may be a good way to check understanding and pronunciation. I think that I would only play the first part of the video though and do other activities with the students afterwards. Alternatively, I would play the video from 6:20 onwards (this is the video but with subtitles, which is probably helpful in terms of new words and differentiation).

    GeorgiaHarris · June 21, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    This could be a really good clip for a CLIL based lesson, focused on geography and travelling. Students could be given a map of the world and asked to highlight the cities mentioned in the clip.

    GeorgiaHarris · June 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Sorry manged to reply to the wrong post

Patricia-Ioana Sfagau · June 19, 2019 at 9:14 am

Topic: traveling abroad

    GeorgiaHarris · June 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    This could be a really good clip for a CLIL based lesson, focused on geography and travelling. Students could be given a map of the world and asked to highlight the cities mentioned in the clip.

    Emma Walsh · June 23, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    This would also be a good clip to do some comprehension questions or gap filling tasks.

      philippakirby · July 10, 2019 at 10:48 am

      Students could write down all the cities they here mentioned in the clip followed by what country they are in. Then you could do a role-play where students choose one of these destinations and tell their partner (the travel agent) why they want to visit

GeorgiaHarris · June 21, 2019 at 1:31 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This video is great for younger groups. It has lots of basic vocab (days of the week, numbers, fruit) but also has pauses between sentences giving time for the students to process what they have heard.
A gap fill exercise could be good for this video, or for more advanced students a comprehension sheet.
What did the Caterpillar eat on Monday?
How many plums did the Caterpillar eat?
What day of the week did the Caterpillar eat strawberries? ect..

    Emma Walsh · June 23, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Another activity when listening to this could be to make an action whenever a certain category is said e.g. pretend to eat when food is mentioned, put up the right number of fingers when a number is said, etc. An alternative to this could be to play bingo with key words that are said.

Emma Walsh · June 23, 2019 at 12:05 pm
Topic: The United Kingdom

    ear42 · June 23, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    An activity that could accompany this would be a question sheet with questions such as… Which cities are famous for football? How many countries are there in the United Kingdom? The students should be given some time to read the questions before being shown the video clip, and perhaps show the clip more than once depending on how well they think they have answered them first time round.
    Another task could be to list the different adjectives used throughout the video.

    Lizzie Avery · June 23, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    A simple activity for this video would be a fill-in-the-gap worksheet. This works well since it allows students to obtain a list of key, new vocabulary specific to the topic and within context. This would work well since the narrator speaks slowly, so students should not struggle too much. There are also accompanying subtitles so if the teacher notices students struggling these could always be turned on at various points.

ear42 · June 23, 2019 at 3:05 pm
This is a video of a couple going to a restaurant and ordering food. This could be accompanied by a question sheet for pupils to fill in to make sure they are listening. The middle part of this video is designed for the pupils to listen then repeat what the actor are saying, this helps with speaking and keeping the pupils engaged in the task.

    Leandra Thomson · June 25, 2019 at 5:20 am

    An activity to accompany this video could be a gap-fill worksheet for students to follow along and fill in key words. If the class has a higher proficiency, after watching the video they could be assigned a group where they can practice ordering amongst themselves.

Lizzie Avery · June 23, 2019 at 9:04 pm

This video could be used for a class for the topic of weather. It is ideal because it is short (2 minutes) and authentic, but it has been particularly selected by the BBC for those wishing to learn English. Depending on the students’ level listening activities for this video would vary. For example, lower level students could be asked to list topic-specific vocabulary (examples from the audio include: sunshine, showers, downpours, brolly, waterproofs, winds, temperatures, foggy etc), whereas higher level students could be asked to note key points or to summarise the audio. This clip offers opportunities for a variety of vocabulary under the broader theme of weather (for example, times of the day, parts of the country, days of the week etc). Students could be asked to watch and listen to the video multiple times, making a list of key vocab for each sub-topic each time.

    Stephen Grech · June 26, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    The students could also be asked to give short presentations, describing the weather outside of that day and their predictions for the next 3 days.

    JasminSahota · July 6, 2019 at 12:24 am

    This video would also be good as material that leads from an activity about weather vocabulary to writing and performing one’s own weather forecast and also could be used to teach geographical content and identify city names and their location in England

Leandra Thomson · June 24, 2019 at 6:53 pm
Topic: Clothing (and colors)

This video would be best suited for beginner students as it goes over various articles of clothing and a few colors. The combined visual and audio in addition to the rhythm of the song likely will help students to pick up the vocabulary and be able to apply it.

    Andrés López Schrader · June 25, 2019 at 9:15 am

    An activity related to this video could be to come up with lyrics to your own song. With the help of a word bank and images, each student could propose one sentence to be incorporated into the song. This helps ensure that students understood vocab regarding clothing, colors and body parts and it gets them forming sentences and using prepositions .

Andrés López Schrader · June 25, 2019 at 9:17 am

This is a song about seasons and weather conditions related to each season. Many sentence structures are repeated but the vocabulary is pretty varied. Best suited for A2/B1 students.

    Ross Moncrieff · June 25, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Dancing would obviously be a good activity to do alongside this video. A nice way to help assess the students listening skills and engage them with the vocabulary would be to do different dance moves to specific words so, for example, whenever “summer” they could make sun actions with their hands. My only worry is that the amount of autotune in the song might make it difficult for the students to pick out specific words but this could potentially be got round by putting on the subtitles and making sure that the students have learnt the key words for the seasons beforehand by getting them to repeat them loudly to you as a class.

      Andrés López Schrader · June 26, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Ross, I really like your idea to pair up dance moves with key vocab. I agree that the heavily edited audio may impair understanding. This would best suited for lower intermediate students, and definitely worth introducing key words before listening to the song.

Ross Moncrieff · June 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm

This video is obviously too long to watch all in one go but might fit interestingly into a wider theme about countries. Especially interesting for the students might be the difference between “England” and “English” and “The United Kingdom” and “British”.

    jsm89 · June 25, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    While watching this video, it could be paused on specific nation’s slides, leading to a discussion about the famous landmarks seen, the colours on the flag etc (depending on the lesson objectives)

jsm89 · June 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm
Baby Shark
This viral tune actually makes for a pretty good listening clip. It is extremely simple and can be useful to teach names of family members, while also giving lots of opportunity for filtering out fillers!

    louisajc · June 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Another activity that would go really well with this would be to get the children to act out the song themselves – so each child can play a different family member while performing the song to the rest of the class. They could use their creativity to out dance moves and actions to the words of the song, consolidating the vocabulary they have learned.

mifei99 · June 25, 2019 at 10:29 pm

A song about a variety of superheroes which describes the powers they all have. The song has subtitles and a relevant video meaning that weaker students will also be able to follow its meaning. Students could pick a specific superhero to describe and explain why they like their superpower.

    Andrés López Schrader · June 26, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Before listening to this song, it may be useful to review some of the key vocabulary used in the video, especially words that students are less likely to know at a beginner level (space, underwater, crime, etc). After listening to the song, it could be exciting to print out the lyrics with gaps and have students come up with their own version of the song, or even other superpowers by filling in the gaps.

juliazlot · June 26, 2019 at 11:23 am
A song on the topic of holidays, with subtitles and actions to keep students engaged. Could be used as a starter for a holiday themed lesson.

    SammyLappage · June 27, 2019 at 12:12 am

    A gap fill activity could be used with the video with students filling in key words from the song.

louisajc · June 26, 2019 at 2:28 pm

This video could be used to help children to learn the days of the week in English. The animations in the video make it more engaging, and the students could watch the video multiple times so that they can remember the days of the week.

    SammyLappage · June 27, 2019 at 12:09 am

    The stand up activity could be used with this video. Different groups of students could be given a different day of the week and when they hear that day of the week during the video they have to stand up. This would make the video activity even more engaging!

Stephen Grech · June 26, 2019 at 3:01 pm

This channel ‘Great Big Story’ has mostly short videos (1-5 minutes in length) that are about a variety of topics and people from around the world. It is a great channel for cultural and themed learning and there is a breadth of language understanding required across the 2000+ videos they have posted.

    Laura Fantuzzi · June 29, 2019 at 11:03 am

    You could follow those videos by an exercise for the kids, having to tell a similar story but replacing some details with other things, for example if the story speaks about having breakfast, you can ask the students to find another breakfast in their story etc.

SammyLappage · June 27, 2019 at 12:04 am

This video would be good for young children. It is colourful and engaging and useful for helping children to learn the names of sea animals in a fun way. It has a review at the end to consolidate vocabulary.

    caisealbeardow · June 27, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    This video would work well with both gap fill and labelling activities, connecting the names of sea animals to descriptive attributes (e.g. “A squid has 10 legs”). Students could review the vocabulary creatively by drawing an under-the-sea scene with their favourite sea animals and describing their pictures to each other in pairs.

caisealbeardow · June 27, 2019 at 1:49 pm
This video would be good for beginners or younger children to help learn basic food vocabulary. It’s far too long to watch all in one go, but has good graphics and subtitles that could be used over the course of a lesson.

    angolanta · June 28, 2019 at 7:18 am

    This resource can be useful because it combines visual and audio content to make the vocabulary more memorable. As you mentioned there are too many words but the video can be used in sections.

    An activity to complement the video would be a game to encourage the students to use the words in context. For example they could do a role play pretending to be in the supermarket and discussing what they need or asking a member of staff where the item is located.

serenalhayes · June 27, 2019 at 5:16 pm
Song: Old MacDonald had a farm
A western nursery rhyme which can aid the understanding of animal names to add to a child’s vocabulary.

    RebeccaRM · July 1, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    There could be a gap fill for this, so students listen out for the different animals.

sk948 · June 27, 2019 at 6:15 pm

Listening to songs can also be very beneficial and helps to give listening practice in a fun, exciting form. On a lesson about cities (in particularl Liverpool), I would play ‘you’ll never walk alone’ and perhaps get the children to do a gap fill with the words.

angolanta · June 28, 2019 at 7:21 am

This is a song teaching 4 basic weather conditions. This could be used as a warmer to set the mood for some weather related vocabulary learning and a game.

Gayatri · June 28, 2019 at 1:14 pm

This is an audiobook of The Secret Garden, therefore it is a long audioclip. Instead of listening to it all at once, the class can listen to a couple of chapters at a time, and the teacher can question them about the story so far, e.g. about the characters.

    lun3rzhu · July 2, 2019 at 12:36 am

    A gap-fill activity could be used to reinforce key points along the story and get a clear storyline sorted for the children.

Laura Fantuzzi · June 29, 2019 at 11:01 am
This channel has many videos of children’s stories repeated 3 times, with the second time being slower and showing captions. Great way for the kids to link the pronunciation with the spelling, in a context.

    SabrinaA · June 29, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    You could use these videos to create a gap-fill worksheet to help students follow along and note down new vocabulary

SabrinaA · June 29, 2019 at 11:10 pm A video showing various tasks and challenges faced when going to the airport.

    ioanadiac · July 1, 2019 at 3:22 am

    This video could be played just as an audio clip [so the students do not see the subtitles] and the activity could be a gap fill where students are provided a transcript of the video and need to fill in the blanks for key vocab such as ‘booking confirmation’ and ‘passport.’ This video is particularly useful for a gap fill exercise since each sentence is repeated twice so students of lower and mixed ability really get a chance to consolidate their learning of the new vocabulary.

ioanadiac · July 1, 2019 at 3:19 am

Topic; shopping

Video; SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES | Daily English Conversations – Let’s Speak English

A video showing conversations that happen between the customer and the shop assistant when shopping for clothes.

RebeccaRM · July 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm this is a video on the senses, for young beginner level listeners.

lun3rzhu · July 2, 2019 at 12:34 am

This is video on the subject of normal morning routines. There is animation accompanying the words written on the viideo, and the key words are repeated for clarity and emphasis.

    ciaran duncan · July 2, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Perhaps this could be followed up with a gap fill exercise to make sure the students can recall the key language.

ciaran duncan · July 2, 2019 at 4:41 pm

This is a two minute audio clip about ordering food/drink in a café.

    AhmedImam · July 4, 2019 at 1:07 am

    A good way to check understanding after listening could be to use a series of true false statements on the content of the audio or even a fill in the gap exercise on the sentences of the various actors. Otherwise, you could ask students to make a list of what the shop does and does not have on offer.

laiq.nagi · July 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm
The BBC have a channel on Youtube for English learners, they have some useful short clips that could be used to give simple explanations for hard-to-explain concepts.

    keyasajip · July 8, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Making storyboards for the drama videos (for example ‘Alice in Wonderland’) can be a good way of students showing they have understood and grasped the basic gist of the story. More specific vocabulary could be tested through asking the students to write a list of the adjectives used by different characters.

AhmedImam · July 4, 2019 at 1:02 am
For a slightly more advanced class, this short video explaining the heatwave in Europe is quite short at only 1 minute and gives the opportunity for students to make flow charts and evidence on where the heatwave is coming from and its effects on Europe. It would be paticularly useful for a CBI or CLIL lesson of geography.
The students could then explain their interpretation of where the heatwave came from which could be discussed in the class and compared with the videos initial explanation.

Issy · July 6, 2019 at 7:06 pm

This clip contains a lot of facts and so would be good for a filling in the gaps activity. The speech is quite fast and so it would be for quite an advanced class. The video is medium length and so would need to be split into sections to keep the students attention. sections could also be repeated so it is clearer for the students. there are other similar videos that could be used to track the students progress with similar difficulty listening.

    dkatsanos · July 7, 2019 at 6:42 am

    A “True or false” activity could also be useful as , as you said, many facts are being heard in this video 🙂 .

dkatsanos · July 7, 2019 at 6:39 am

This short video explains a mathematical trick. It has to do with simple addition so I reckon most students would be able to follow. We could test how well the student understood the video by challenging them to do the math trick. Moreover, a lot of 4-digit numbers are heard during the video and the students could be asked to write them down while listening to them.

Francesca Smith · July 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Francesca Smith · July 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm

This is an interactive listening activity which ensures the students remain engaged.

keyasajip · July 8, 2019 at 12:01 pm

This is a clip an exchange student asking another student for directions to a room.

    ld557 · July 9, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Students could have a list of statements such as ‘Erina use to live in…’ and then fill in the gaps – this activity could be differentiated by providing a jumbled list of the answers at the bottom of the page if students might struggle to listen and translate the audio.

cbourne · July 8, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Have a recent popular song to hand e.g. Taylor Swift, Beyonce.

Pre-listening activity:

Give students the title of the song (e.g. Love Story) and ask them to predict words and phrases that they expect to hear.
Dictate a list of words which appear in the song – in a random order and add one extra word which doesn’t appear. Students write the words then listen to the song, ticking off the words as they hear them. They should end up with one word.

While listening:
Students listen and delete extra words which they do not hear

After listening activity:
Students use these words as the basic vocabulary for composing another verse of the song in pairs.

ld557 · July 9, 2019 at 11:11 am

This is a clip which introduces students to animals found in the sea, with their names and a brief description of a defining trait for each animal.

Jenni.Visuri · July 9, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Here’s a clip about parts of a house. Get children to write down the different parts of the house they hear in order.

philippakirby · July 10, 2019 at 10:55 am this is a short clip about saving water in an engaging cartoon with jokes etc

gskaza · July 10, 2019 at 3:58 pm This is song that would teach the children different types of objects found in the classroom. After the song they could be encouraged to each find one of the objects in the video in the classroom.

SDH · July 10, 2019 at 5:53 pm
A short video listing typical English foods and pictures to assist in recognition. As a additional activity students could be asked how it compares to their native food

christianmadla · July 10, 2019 at 6:09 pm

This is a good video which is aimed at a younger audience. It is useful as it extends the topic of animals onto baby animals, helping to enhance vocabulary. It is a useful way of teaching children due to the repetition of vocabulary, its colour scheme and animations, and it also reviews all vocabulary learnt to consolidate knowledge.

Hayley Hilson · July 11, 2019 at 12:56 am
This video contains speech which is fairly fast, and thus would be good for a more advanced class. It could be used as part of a lesson on animals, or it could be used as a fact-finding video, where students have to listen to complete multiple choice questions or a gap-fill.

Adilah Hameed · October 2, 2019 at 8:52 pm

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