Some questions to consider when creating transcript-based resources on TeachVid:
- How long should each caption be?
- Where’s the best place to split text?
- When should I join separate lines into a single caption?
The image at the top of the post shows step 3.2 of the resource creation process, where every line of text in your transcript (from step 3.1) is shown as a blue “caption bubble”.
At this point, you can click anywhere within a caption bubble to split it into more than one caption. You would typically do this if your Continue reading “How long should video captions be on TeachVid?”
Plenty has been written about the benefits for motivated language learners of using parallel texts to help learn a language. (Do a quick google search and you’ll see.)
Much of what is written in support of parallel texts is along the following lines:
- They allow users to access texts beyond their level.
Readers can read an L2 text and have constant recourse to an L1 equivalent so that they can check that they are understanding what they are reading.
- They allow users to directly compare the L1 and the L2, which helps promote ‘noticing’.
The ability to compare the way vocab and structures are formed and combined in the L2 with reference to the L1 equivalent promotes this noticing of differences which may not happen if students only had access to the L2 text.
Parallel texts can indeed be a powerful tool, if used by motivated language learners who really are using the time with the texts to understand how the Continue reading “In support of parallel texts”
You may have already come across our blog post introducing “Learn mode” in TeachVid, in which we describe how TeachVid’s unique interactive player + captions + transcript / translation + various other tools combine to help students to engage with the video content even before they embark on any of the activities. (If not, here it is…)
Well, this blog post is all about “Activity mode”, which is arguably where the learning really begins… Continue reading ““Activity mode” in TeachVid”
TeachVid has teamed up with textivate to provide a special offer for textivate subscribers: textivate users with an active Premium or Group subscription can now get 1 month’s FREE teacher access on TeachVid.
All you need to do is go to TeachVid and register for a FREE account, making sure Continue reading “Special TeachVid offer for textivate subscribers”