When the time comes to watch a video in the English class, many teachers merely think about entertaining students and probably catch up with some undone work. But, obviously, this is not really helping your students to learn or practice the use of the language. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning an activity that involves a video or movie in your class.
1. Think of introducing a context or setting a mood before actually watching the film. Going straight to watching the film may not get students ready for what you have planned and might have you spend more time presenting the objective of the activity.
2. Have while-watching activities planned. Just letting the film go by, and having students do a workshop later is not enough in the English class. If you only wait for the end of the film to do something with it you can be wasting valuable time. Try to pause the film in specific chapters or scenes and ask your students questions or prepare a while-watching hand-out.
3. You do not need to watch an entire movie. Watching the whole thing is ok, but sometimes time is not enough. You can just focus on some parts and work them out as much as possible.
4. Have post-watching activities planned. Closing the activity with some extension activities helps students to wrap up everything studied in the lesson. You can just take some of the topics from the actitiviy and have students research or give some personal comments about it.
So, as you can see, these are only some tips for useful use of audio-visuals in the English, or language classroom.
*Please add at least four (4) more tips you think are relevant and interesting, and give an example of how to use them with an specific movie or piece of material.