Using movies is a way of escape for some teachers who like sinking down in their chairs and give a break basking in the light of the projector. If you are reading this post, I'm sure you are not one of those teachers (luckily:)
I believe movies are one of the best tools to teach / practice English, because they are helpful for all learning styles including visual, auditory and even kinesthetic ones if you can add some post activities like a role play, character work and so on.
While I was teaching young learners and teenagers, I used to have a video / multi-vision lesson. The first 20 minutes of the lesson the students were watching the film and the next 20 minutes they were working on the handouts I prepared. These handouts included pre, while and post activities.
Here are some tips about how to use videos:
· Choose an appropriate film considering the age / interest / gender of the group of students you are teaching
· Make a quick calculation dividing the duration of the movie by 20 / 25 to see how many lessons it will take to watch the whole movie. It usually takes 4 or 5 weeks.
· Include pre, while and post activities in the handout you prepare.
If you think it is not possible to spare a long time for videos, you can use short videos.
Click on the link below to use short videos related with the structure you teach. There are also printable worksheet which you can adapt. I think it is the best site to teach grammar through movies. Thanks to Claudio Azevedo, the owner of the blog.
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