Using videos and film in class

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 I always use videos to make the classes a bit more interesting and vary the activities. I thought I should show you the websites that have videos to get some feedback if anyone tries them. I used one video called Mixtape where a kid gives a mixtape to a girl he likes who lives next door. At the end of the class, the students come up with a mixtape of their own. I actually found out a lot about the students’ music tastes. That week’s lessons I was teaching were about music, so it fitted in great and took up the ninety minutes of teaching I had. I have added the actual weblink for the lesson and added another video lesson site for you to have a look at.

Film English Website

Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals Website

Video Lesson – Rhianna lesson

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Last week, my class had a week of lessons on the subject of music. I thought about who I should choose to focus on for one lesson, at least one quite famous popstar, so I chose Rhianna. This lesson worked out fine as they all knew her somewhat.  I opened by asking if anyone knew Rhianna, and we got some facts up on the board. I, of course, did (had to do) some background reading as to show the students at least I knew something about her. There are many ways you can take this lesson.  The video is Rhianna being interviewed on the red carpet at an awards ceremony, so meeting/interviewing famous people is what it is all about. What would you ask, what would you say? I ended up getting them to be popstars, and a showbiz reporter interviews them Grammy/Oscar style in front of the class for our own awards show. In the dialogue, below, I picked out phrases to focus on as a study part of the lesson. I was thinking about chunking language and how we use phrases and collocations that marry up to make sentences. I went through this before the listening part and blanked out the words as an exercise. Anyway here is the interview and video.

Interviewer: I was looking at a fact. You have been on the AT40 chart.. 177 consecutive weeks which is a record!

Rhianna: I did not know that. That’s sick.

Interviewer: It’s crazy. What does it mean to you, though, to have all of that success in such a relatively short time…at a young age?

Rhianna: It blows my mind. It’s hard to really grasp.. a hold of what’s happening . Really, I just can’t believe it. I can’t believe the success that I’m having. I’m just really grateful. More than grateful because it has surpassed everything I have dreamed of.  So, it’s exciting. Now is the bonus.

Interviewer: Tomorrow on E-news right here. We’re gonna world premier the new video for your new single Stay. Lots of excitement for that.. and this is a song that has some breadth to it. It’s a very very slow.…finesse ballad. Tell us about the video.

Rhianna:  The video was really really simple. I pretty much stayed put in a bath tub.. and we shot it really tight….really close. There’s Micky Echo in the video as well which is… you know.. this is the first time I have ever collaborated with him. So I am excited about that because he’s actually the one who wrote the song. I kinda just fell in love with it so much…in love with the tone of his voice. So, I wanted to keep him a part of it so you will see him in the video.

Interviewer: I would have to imagine you would have to get into a zone to sing that song. What is that zone you have to get into?

Rhianna: It’s very emotional song and it’s personal so you just think about.. it’s almost like telling a story. And that’s. When you tell a story even to yourself…you know…If you’re saying it out loud, expressing the way you feel. It needs to be powerful because it needs to be authentic.


all of that success, blows my mind, has surpassed everything, world premier, collaborated with him, get into a zone, that’s sick, saying it out loud, lots of excitement, have been, needs to be, you know, get into