Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Using Video to Enhance or Flip Speaking, Pronunciation, and Listening, Part 1

Flip teaching blends Internet technology to leverage learning in a classroom, enabling students to spend more class time interacting with the teacher and classmates, solving problems, and otherwise putting language to use. In this presentation, I show how I use videos for flipping delivery in English courses focusing on speaking, listening and pronunciation. For each of two videos I provide supporting exercises and classroom activities, as well as a video of a presentation by a student given as a follow-up assignment to the model. 

Of course, videos can also be presented during class time instead of out of class. In addition, teachers don't have to create their own videos. I offer a few sources of videos created by others, both those designed for English language learners and for general audiences. 


What is flip teaching?

  • A form of blended learning
  • Encompasses the use of technology to leverage learning in the classroom
  • Most commonly done using teacher-created videos that students view outside of class time
  • Moves “lecture” home and “homework” into class hours
  • Allows students more time to review and absorb “lecture” content.
  • Allows more hands-on time with the instructor guiding the students during class

What are benefits of flip teaching?

  • Enables students more time to review and absorb lecture/presentation content.
  • Allows more hands-on time with the instructor guiding the students during class
  • Creates more collaborative learning opportunities among students
  • More 1-on-1 interaction builds stronger student-teacher relationships
  • Offers a way to share lecture material easily with colleagues, substitute teachers, students’ family, community

Example 1: How to Make S'mores 

  • Video from Pronunciation Doctor’s Youtube Channel
  • Instructional, describes a process – tangible, short
  • Video viewing assignments (homework)
  • Intermediate-low/mid
  • Intermediate-high – Advanced-low
  • Post-viewing discussion
  • Presentation planning and implementation

Video viewing assignment 

  • Complete and discuss the written assignment
  • What did you learn from the video?
  • What ideas do you have about your own demo?

Optional follow-up activity 

  • Students’ own cooking demonstrations

Observe how Elena, a Russian-speaking student, uses this model to demonstrate How to Make Blini.

Stay tuned for PART 2, which focuses on phonological elements of spoken English.

Introduction to Phrase by Phrase Pronunciation 

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