ESOL Student Video Production for Meaningful Language Practice

Goals: Gain a better understanding of video production in general: equipment and process
Explore different genres: narrative / musical narrative / news story / short documentary
Discover new ways of bringing video production into your classroom for fun and meaningful language practice.
Contribute your ideas / lesson plans / and examples of your class' production work throughout the year.



Week I: Welcome / Questionaire / and Video Production Intro

During this week participants and moderators will introduce themselves and discuss their interests in video production and the benefits they see in bringing this form of group work into the classroom. Participants are encouraged to complete the session questionaire and review the information posted at link.com/session_1.html.

(posted at: link.com/session_1.html)
  • General info on the benefits of ESOL student video production for meaningful language practice.
  • Link to access the Session Questionaire.
  • Video Production Info: Intro - Equipment and Process

Session Questionnaire questions (online survey posted at surveymonkey.com):
What about video production interests you?
Do you have a camera?
Do you have a computer and video editing software (both)?
Have you used it to make videos before?
What specific questions/topics, if any, would you especially like the moderators to address?

What level and age group are you teaching?
Would your students be interested in video production?
Do they have access to a camera and editing equipment?
What problems / challenges might your students encounter when making a video?
In what ways might your students benefit from the creation of a short video?
What ideas would you like to talk about and what subjects would you like to learn more about during this session?

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Assignment 1 (optional): Due end of week
1) Share your work (or your class’ work) with the rest of the group. Send moderators your video(s) to post to the link.com site - or - the links to your work if it's already online.


Week II: Video Production Continued

During this week participants and moderators will review discuss the equipment needed for video production, and the overall process of video production. Participants are encouraged to review the information posted at link.com/session_2.html.

(posted at: link.com/session_2.html)
  • Video Production Info: Continued - Equipment and Process

Group Discussion Questions:
1) If you ever worked with in-class acting / video production before, describe what you did. How did it go?
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Assignment 2: Due end of week
If you have a camera and video editing software, put together a short (1-2min) personal narative or documentary and share it with the group. Show us a bit of where you are and what life is like in that part of the world :)
Contact moderators for any help or advice with editing / compressing for the web. Send moderators your video to post to the link.com site - or - the links to your work if it's already online.



Week III: Introduction of Genres

During this week participants and moderators will discuss a variety of different genres and which might be more suitable to different skill levels. Participants are encouraged to review the information posted at link.com/session_3.html.

(posted at: link.com/session_3.html)
  • Genre Info and general info about how much time and effort (relatively) is involved in pursuing each.

Group Discussion Questions:
1) How simple / difficult was it to create last week's assignment?
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3) Which genre would you most like to focus on next week? why?
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Assignment 3:
1) Watch and comment on the participant work posted.
2) Think of a class you recently taught - which genre would have worked best for them?
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Week IV: Genres Continued

During this week participants and moderators will discuss in greater detail the genre(s) that most interest(s) the participants. Production process for this genre is presented in greater detail and tips are offered by moderators. Participants are encouraged to review the information posted at link.com/session_4.html.

(posted at: link.com/session_4.html)
  • More production information about the participants' favored genre.

Group Discussion Questions:
1) How would you organize this class production?
2) What preview / follow up activites would be helpful?
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Assignment 4: Due by end of the week.
1) Create a rough lesson plan/production schedule using the discussed genre and email it to moderators.



Week V: Video Production Lesson Plans Reviewed and Discussed:

During this week participants and moderators will review and discuss the lesson plans posted as last week's assignment.
The goal of this session is to share ideas, activities, problems and solutions.
Plans are posted at: link.com/session_5.html.

(posted at: link.com/session_5.html)
  • Participants' ESOL video production lesson plans/activity ideas/production schedules.

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Assignment 5: Due by end of the week.
1) Create a final lesson plan and post it to wikispaces.com.



Week VI: General Question / Answer Follow up and Session Wrap

During this week participants and moderators will review and discuss any outstanding questions or concerns.
Participants are invited to contribute their future ideas, lesson plans and examples of class video production work to a couple websites, including link.com and filmedworld.com.

(posted at: link.com/session_6.html)
  • Invitation to contribute to teacher resource Websites.

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RYAN DETWILER