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Videos as tools for learning English

  1. Use videos for learning English when you have limited time.
  2. Videos can supplement your English classes.
  3. Watch videos when you are on a break from English class to help you continue learning.

Why use videos?

  1. They are entertaining
    • Watch movies and short videos if you are tired of reading.
    • Watching videos will not feel like studying.
    • You will enjoy the visuals, effects and the story.
  2. They help you understand the meaning of words or sentences better
    • You will see the situations where the conversations take place.
    • You will see:
      • facial expressions
      • hear the pronunciation and intonation
      • the environment in which the language is used.
  3. Videos can develop all four language skills
    • Practice your reading and listening skills using subtitles.
    • Practice your writing or speaking with:
      • study guides
      • quizzes
      • exercises
    • Some video sites provide these after watching some film clips or movies.
  4. Videos are easily available
    • Online video resources are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Download the clips and study resources for use at a later time.
  5. Variety
    • You will not get bored because there are so many kinds of videos.
    • There are:
      • news clips
      • instructional videos
      • music videos
      • animated films
      • movies and many others.
    • Choose videos based on your interest, amount of time available, or language level.

Video resources:

Movie guides

  1. They contain:
    • a summary of the story
    • description of the characters
    • definition of difficult words
  2. Some have guide questions to help you understand the movie better.
  3. The list of available guides can be a movie suggestion list. Just buy or rent the movie.
  4. Examples:

Film/Video English learning sites

  1. Ello
    • Ello contains short video and audio clips.
    • 2,500 lessons are free.
    • Other lessons need subscription.
    • The clips are arranged by level.
    • Videos show speakers from all over the world. They talk on different topics.
    • Video clips come with a transcript and quiz.
  2. English Central
    • Register to watch videos and courses and answer exercises and quizzes. It is free for up to two videos a month.
    • Subscription is needed for reports and feedback.
    • Subscription starts at US$20 a month.
    • English Central has more than 10,000 videos for various levels.
    • Learners can:
      • watch videos
      • learn vocabulary words
      • speak and record dialogue
      • answer quizzes
    • Subscribers can have one-on-one conversations with a tutor.
    • Watch English Central You Tube Channel to get an idea of what you will learn on the site.
  3. engVid
    • This site has many free video lessons.
    • Learn:
      • English vocabulary
      • grammar
      • structure
      • pronunciation
      • culture
    • It has more than 1,000 lessons delivered by native-speaker teachers.
    • Lessons are arranged by levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced).
    • They help improve your speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills.
  4. FluentU
    • It has:
      • music videos
      • TV shows
      • news
      • cartoons
    • It also has vocabulary tests and quizzes. They are like games.
    • Register for a free trial period of 15 days.
    • Continue subscription for a fee.
  5. Learn English Feel Good
    • The site has free:
      • short film clips
      • comedy/animation
      • movie trailers
    • The clips have short quizzes that you can answer.
    • It also has free grammar, vocabulary, spelling and pronunciation exercises.
    • Worksheets can be downloaded. They are on a variety of topics.
  6. iEnglish videos at Live and Learn
    • It has free:
      • videos
      • video transcripts
      • downloadable notes
      • language activities
    • It has guides and tips to help you learn on your own.

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