The Seven Best Video Websites for Students
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The Internet now offers students the opportunity to improve their lexical, listening and speaking skills through watching short film clips, videos and short films. Here are my seven favourite sites.
Possibly the best website for students to improve their vocabulary, listening, speaking and pronunciation. This innovative site provides students with videos with subtitles. The students watch the videos, practise vocabulary used in the video, record themselves repeating what they hear, and then get feedback on their pronunciation. There is both a free and premium version. This video trailer shows you how your students can use English Central.
A aimed specifically at young students which uses clips from movies and TV series; music videos, themed visual glossaries; learning games and social networking to help language learners improve their English.
A British Council website which gives students the opportunity to watch innovative short films made by young people, and do a variety of activities designed around the films.
Students have great fun creating their own animated short films with subtitles and voice-overs. Go Animate’s state-of-the-art animation tools simplify the whole filmmaking process. Students can add a character, swap a background, or start a scene just by dragging and dropping.
The Zimmer Twins (psychics Eva and Edgar, along with their black cat 13) is a site devoted to creative storytelling where children to create and share their own animated stories. Learners create short animated clips, add subtitles and voice-overs. Watch this short video to find out how you can use Zimmer Twins with your students.
Bombay TV is a fun site which allows students to selct clips from old Bollywood TV series and films, and add their own subtitles and voice-overs to television and film clips. Students can also add their own voices over the videos to practise speaking.
A site where learners can revoice (dub, do a voice over, do an audio description, respeaking, audio description, commentate, sing and recite) and caption (add subtitles, , annotations, speech bubbles and comments) video clips. This one-minute videos shows you the Clip Flair basics.
I hope you find these sites useful. Do you recommend any other video websites to your students?