English outside the classroom

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This is the first in a series of posts about the Learning English Video Project. Read on to find out what the project is about, or if you’re already familiar with the videos then just scroll down to the ‘materials’ section.

What is the Learning English Video Project?

It’s a series of seven videos on the English Club website, each focusing on a different country – Brazil, China, Spain, Romania, Morocco, America, and the UK. The videos feature interviews with students and teachers talking about their own experiences of learning English. For teachers, they provide fascinating insight into different classroom approaches. For learners, the videos provide useful tips on how to improve outside the classroom and can help learners to reflect on their own motivation and attitude towards English . For anyone interested in ELF, the series is a goldmine of audio featuring proficient non-native speakers of English – something that most coursebooks do not provide.

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The videos are quite long at around 16 minutes each. They’re all worth watching but if you’re short on time, our favourites were Thoughts from Brazil and Insights from China. If you do have the luxury of time in class to watch these videos with students, then check out the accompanying classroom materials under each video. There are self-study materials too, with comprehension and vocabulary exercises,  so you could even set them for homework. But here’s what you could do if you don’t have time to use the full video in class…

Explore the theme ‘English outside the classroom’

We watched all the videos and found some recurring themes pertinent to ELF, which we grouped under three titles: English outside the classroom, English experiences, and English is everywhere. In each blog post we’ve included YouTube links which open at the relevant parts of the different videos, with notes on when to stop each clip. We’ve also designed a student worksheet with some comprehension questions and discussion questions based on those extracts, and accompanying teacher’s notes / answer key, both of which can be downloaded in the materials section below. The worksheets are designed for Pre-intermediate groups and above, although classes at the lower end of Pre-intermediate might need extra support understanding some of the questions.

Materials

Clips for exercise 2:

Jose (Brazilian student)

Note for Jose: The link should start at the correct place (12 minutes 30 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of Jose’s talk (at 13 minutes 25 seconds).

Michel (Congolese student in Morocco)

Note for Michel: The link should start at the correct place (13 minutes 32 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of Michel’s talk (at 14 minutes 21 seconds).

Alex (Romanian student)

Note for Alex: The link should start at the correct place (8 minutes 30 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of Alex’s talk (at 8 minutes 48 seconds). 

Clip for exercise 4:

Joanna (Romanian teacher)

Note for Joanna: The link should start at the correct place (9 minutes 26 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of Joanna’s talk (at 10 minutes 01 seconds).

Clip for exercise 6:

Zhang (Chinese student)

The link should start at the correct place (12 minutes 27 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of Zhang’s talk (at 13 minutes 22 seconds).

Clips for exercise 8: 

Amanda (Brazilian student)

Note for Amanda: The link should start at the correct place (9 minutes 50 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of Amanda’s talk (at 11 minutes 30 seconds).

Tomas (Brazilian student)

Note for Tomas: The link should start at the correct place (13 minutes 25 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of Tomas’ talk about gaming (at 14 minutes 41 seconds) before he continues to talk about a new topic (travel). 

Clips for exercise 10 D:

Amanda saying ‘school’ when she says “go to a very good school”

Jose saying ‘school’ when he says “I had in school, English”

Zhang saying ‘feel’ when she says “learning English, I feel”

Clips for exercise 10 E:

Amanda saying ‘that’ when she says “you’re not practising if you do that”

Zhang saying ‘breathe’ and ‘mouth’  when she says “my teacher every time encourage to breathe, open your mouth”

Download the student worksheet here.

Download the teacher’s notes and answer key here.

 

katybannernew

 

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