The Seven Best Film and Video Resource Sites
As part of the launch of the website I’m organising a prize draw for my new book Film in Action. Everybody who subscribes to the website in February and March will be entered into the draw.
This is the first in a series of posts in which I will look at what I think are some of the best websites, resources, books, short films, and videos for English language teachers and their students. All of the posts will be titled ‘The Seven Best …‘
There is now a wealth of online video and film resources for both language teachers and their students. Here I’m going to recommend the seven sites that I have found most useful and engaging.
Sites for students
A British Council website which gives learners the opportunity to watch amazing films made by young people, and do a variety of activities designed around the films. Students can download all the activities and transcript.
A wonderful website created by Vicki Hollett for English learners with free simple English video lessons supported by interactive transcripts. Students simply watch, click, and learn English.
There are a number of free websites where students can watch films in English with subtitles; one of the best is Speechyard where students watch films with subtitles, click on unknown words, see their translation, and add them to their own vocabulary library for further study.
Sites for teachers
There are many websites and blogs which provide detailed and well-structured lesson plans designed around film and television clips, short films and viral videos which save the busy teacher a lot of time. Here are my personal favourites.
This excellent blog by Ian James is dedicated to harnessing the emotional impact of viral videos in the ELT classroom. Each post includes an embedded viral video, 10 conversation questions and a listening activity. The lessons are aimed at upper-intermediate and advanced adult learners of English. This site should be known by many more teachers.
This is a superb blog by Steve Muir and Tom Spain, which supplies lesson plans designed around short videos , especially clips from television series, for teachers of advanced students (C1 and C2). The instructions are clear and straightforward and all handouts are available as pdf downloads.
Jamie Keddie is a pioneer in the use of video in language teaching, and his website has an abundance of creative and imaginative lesson plans designed around short videos. All lessons are tagged by level and language point.
My own resource site has over a hundred and fifty detailed lesson plans designed around short films, and promotes the innovative and creative use of film in English language teaching and learning. All lesson plans and any additional materials are available as pdf downloads.
Are there any other film and video sites which you have found useful?