Clipchat / Movietalk summaries with TeachVid

Clipchat, or Movietalk (as it is often called, apparently incorrectly), is a technique used by teachers who embrace a comprehensible input approach to language acquisition, whereby they provide students with tons of comprehensible input by asking questions and talking about stills or short sections from a short video.

The short videos used often have no dialogue, which means that they can be used to teach any language, and that the level of the “chat” can be adapted to suit the level of the students in your class.

Good sources of Clipchat videos include Birdbox Studio, and the wonderful Simon’s Cat.

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How can I use a TeachVid resource with my students?

This post looks at 5 different ways of exploiting a TeachVid resource with your students…

The Resource Page

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.

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Introducing LIVE SESSIONS on TeachVid

We’ve added a whole new side to TeachVid: Live Sessions !!

A Live Session is a time-limited competition based on a TeachVid resource, where students score points on the Live Session scoreboard based on the number and accuracy of their interactions.

Live Sessions are a great way of injecting some excitement and an element of competition into a TeachVid video resource, either in class or at home 🙂

There are 2 types of Live Sessions:

  1. Classroom Live Sessions (for teacher subscribers only)
  2. Temporary Live Sessions (for all registered users with featured resources)
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How long should video captions be on TeachVid?

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?”

“Activity mode” in TeachVid

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…

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Sharing links to resources & activities

Every TeachVid resource page has a share button (at the top-right of the resource image preview), which allows users to share a link to that particular resource page via Facebook or Twitter (as shown in the image above).

That’s fine if you only want to share a link to the resource page. But we thought it might be a nice idea to allow users to do a bit more than that…

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“Learn mode” in TeachVid

Every TeachVid resource has its own resource page, which includes things such as printable pdfs, the video transcript, information about the resource, information about the YouTube channel, a link to the video on YouTube, and, at the top of the page, an “Open resource” button which is how you Continue reading ““Learn mode” in TeachVid”

Video times: create resources from cropped videos

We’ve added an extra (optional) step into the TeachVid resource creation process: “Video times”.

Even relatively short videos – just a couple of minutes long – can actually involve quite a lot of text if you are making a resource based on the video transcript.

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Setting assignments

For teachers, TeachVid classrooms are a place where they can assign activities and assessments for their students to complete. Any TeachVid user with a teacher subscription can create their own classrooms, add students, set assignments and assessments.

As a teacher subscriber on TeachVid, you will see a “Set Assignment” button at the top of the Assignments tab. Click this to Continue reading “Setting assignments”

Classrooms – managing students

For teachers, TeachVid classrooms are a place where they can assign activities and assessments for their students to complete. Any TeachVid user with a teacher subscription can create their own classrooms, add students, set assignments and assessments.

This post deals with how to invite and manage students in private classrooms.

(Public classrooms can be accessed by all premium students, but teachers of public classrooms have no control over those who join.)

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