I would like to talk about a video project I've recently assigned my students. Steve has already mentioned it before and I made a brief comment on it, but I thought I should give it more space with this post.
- I first gave them a video on how to create fun videos narrating an event. Here it is:
- I also gave them a link to a sample video made by Steve's students earlier to give them an idea of the output.
- I kept it voluntary, but with a promise of extra PG. I also assigned the topics and key language points to give them a frame of reference to move on. Below are the results.
- They created a video on a dialogue taking place between a newcomer and a senior student on METU NCC, the latter introducing the campus to the other.
- They added recorded dialogue on the video as well as background music.
- They also used some visual effects to pronounce the characters (made of cardboard).
- They made a video showing a dialogue between a customer (Faruk, a student from the class) and a travel agent.
- The technique is very similar to that of the sample video mentioned above; quick changes of cards and cut up characters as the dialogue moves on.
- They were very well prepared and organized as the video runs very smoothly.
- This one is on the uses of present perfect simple and present perfect continuous tenses.
- What they did was quite different from the other ones. Since the group has an amateur photographer and an amateur actress in it, they preferred to make a video consisting of mute slides with subtitles. They handed in the subtitles in a file with an .srt extension.
What I did with the videos:
I played them in class accompanied by tasks for the students as they watched them.
- What I could have done is to give them to opportunity to prepare the tasks on their own, but I did not have enough time to do so.
- The first two tasks (for the first two videos) consisted of comprehension questions.
However, the task for the last video had three steps:
- Watch the video (without subtitles, with background music) and decide on a possible conversation taking place between these people.
- (To Volunteers) Read your dialogues as the video runs. Try to improvise if the dialogue needs adaptation.
- Answer comprehension questions related to the video.
What I observed:
I just thought it is worth mentioning. Hope the videos could be of use to you as well.
Steve, again, thanks a lot for the suggestion.
PS: The language used in the videos has mistakes as I preferred not to intervene in the process. Editing the dialogue could be another idea as an extension activity.