Re: Taking the lesson out of the classroom with video
- These are such interesting ideas, Dave--
People might also want to have a look at Real English:
Mike Marzio complied hundreds of hours of video, taping real people doing real activities. It starts very simply, with how do you say "hello," but eventually moves into things like interviewing people about the work they do, or why they are spending holiday in a certain place. It is very authentic--the interviewer poses the questions, but the answers are totally uncanned.
It's all free and online. He also has a blog and FB site, and regularly adds new material. You can even write him and ask for certain subjects.
--- In email@example.com, "dk" <davekees1@...> wrote:
> I teach business English in a Chinese college but I also teach at various
> companies and know many mangers, IT project managers, HR managers, foreign
> businessmen from the US or France, etc.
> What I have begun to do is when I visit a businessman friend, a foreigner or
> go to a company is to make a video based on our lesson at the company. For
> example, I teach at Adidas, the sports shoe company and we were about to
> cover a unit called "At the Workplace". This unit was talking about the
> floor plan of an office and some of the different departments there. So I
> made a video and map of the Adidas office to use in my class.
> This video covered the same things as our lesson but it was real in a real
> office with a real company and a company my students respect. Another video
> I made was of an American entrepreneur who has lived in China for 15 years
> and started a mail order business here. I interviewed him on the theme of a
> unit of the book. Last Sunday, on my way to the Canton Trade Fair to do some
> research on how business English is used at the trade fair, I interviewed a
> British businesswoman on the bus. I actually pulled out my text book and
> asked her the questions from the book about her typical work day.
> Sometimes we put these concepts in a box. We think we can only make a video
> of us lecturing. We think we can only use someone else's video. We think we
> can only make a video lesson of the book. This is far too limiting.
> Using video, we can explore the world and take our students along. Because
> we know our students and their limited language abilities, we can make our
> explanations suitable to their level of English. When we show these videos
> to our students, we can observe their level of interest and attention. We
> can then go back out and make more videos and do them better.
> You have a lot of interesting friends and even other teachers that you can
> record by video or mp3. Your friends have interesting jobs, travels,
> experiences. Funny things have happened to them, crazy things, dangerous
> things. Let them tell their stories. When they use some vocabulary you know
> your students won't understand, cut in and clarify. "And when the bear
> started running at us, I was scared to death!" "Excuse me, 'scared to
> death', you don't mean you died but that is a way to say you were really
> scared, is that right?"
> What is the next unit you are teaching? Got someone to interview for that?
> Dave Kees
> GUANGZHOU, CHINA