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.
This post is aimed at those who may be considering creating TeachVid content based on their own YouTube videos, and it is divided into 2 sections: first, some general principles for producing content that we feel will work best on TeachVid; then, some simple low-tech ideas for the sorts of videos that will work great on TeachVid.
1) What sort of video content works best on TeachVid?
TeachVid is not really about extensive listening. Nor is it primarily about comprehension questions (although that is one of the many activity options available).
Primarily, TeachVid resources are aimed at getting students to engage with the video transcript via a range of interactive text-reconstruction activities, with each activity broken down into several mini-tasks directly linked to the video sections / captions.
One way that all of our FREE registered users can make use of TeachVid is by setting Temporary LIVE Sessions based on “featured” resources (those marked with a gold star in the resource search), or based on their own created resources
What is a Temporary LIVE Session?
A Temporary LIVE Session is a real-time scoreboard competition based on a TeachVid resource. Students score points on the scoreboard by completing activities, with each correct interaction worth 100 points.
This is a question that gets asked quite a lot on social media, and the simple answer is: well, yes, and no…
This post looks at what you can do for FREE on TeachVid.
1) FREE, but without registering
Anybody can go to the TeachVid site and do the following, without even registering or logging in:
• Public resources Browse and search through the many publicly available TeachVid resources via the resources page, using the selectors available to search by video language, translation, category, level, etc. (No advanced search though: this is available to subscribers only.) See the TeachVid resources page
Several teacher subscribers asked us if we could add a new feature: the ability to duplicate existing classroom assignments and re-assign to the same classroom or assign to other classrooms. So we did that 🙂
This means that you can easily assign the same assignment to all of your classes, without having to go through the process of selecting resources, selecting activities, setting activity parameters etc.
Simply click on the new “Duplicate assignment” button (see below)…
This post features a small selection of 🎅 Christmas themed TeachVid resources in 🇪🇸 Spanish.
Some of them are “featured” resources, which are identified on the resource page and in the resource search with a gold star. “Featured” means that anybody can access the following, even without registering:
Learn Mode (i.e the interactive video player)
Activity Mode (i.e. the many interactive activities)
This post looks at 5 different ways of exploiting a TeachVid resource with your students…
1) The Resource Page
Students (or you) can search the resources to find one that they (or you) want to use. Spend time in Learn Mode listening, watching, pausing the video, comparing the languages, clicking the subtitles for text-to-speech and chunk notes etc. Students (if working individually) can then do any of the available activities in any order and have their scores and progress saved by TeachVid.