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This is the second in a series of posts about the Learning English Video Project. Read on to find out what the project is about, or if you’ve already read our previous post 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 experiences’

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

Clip for exercises 1 and 2: Giulio (Italian student, in Spain) 

Note: The link for exercise 1 and 2 should start at the correct place (6 minutes 55 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of Giulio’s talk (at 10 minutes 29 seconds).

Clip for exercise 4: Beatriz (Spanish teacher of English)

Note: The link for exercise 4 should start at the correct place (13 minutes 56 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of Beatriz’s talk (at 16 minutes 24 seconds).

Clip for exercise 8C: Giulio speaking about making mistakes

Note: The link for exercise 8C should start at the correct place (9 minutes 52 seconds), but you need to stop it at the end of the transcript on the handout (at 10 minutes 13 seconds).

Download the student worksheet here.

Download the teacher’s notes and answer key here.

 

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