Nowadays, the first video (or just moving pictures) celebrates its 117th birthday. Do you remember the first movie by Lumière brothers? Which one shocked and impressed the unprepared audience? “The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station”
What was the main aim of this video? Yes you are absolutely right … just to impress and to entertain. But today, Im going to speak about another aim which one is closely connected with the sphere of education. In the other words, today, video as a very effective technological tool for English language teaching. We can find out 3 main aspects such as: motivation, communication and variety of task.
Speaking about the motivational power of video we should remember the fact that any motivation is based on emotions and that’s why we can find out 2 kinds of motivation through video. Firstly, video should be interesting itself it inspires all students, it attracts their attention. In Friday we had the special task to prepare exercises which are based on any video. Each of us had different topics, Titanic, Martin Luther King, Volcanoes, Art. And it was obvious that those videos were keeping our attention. and as the result all tasks were done successfully.
The second point is communicative benefit of video in the course of foreign language teaching. It can be traced through the following idea: It happens often that students haven’t got any opportunity to communicate with native speakers and improve their pronunciation or enlarge their vocabulary. 20 years ago teachers used one and the same records which should to present English speech as it was. Today we have the situation of the other kind. Open any internet recourse with videos and you will lose yourself in the large amount of information. Different dialects, British English speakers, American English speakers, studrnts, teachers, professors or ordinary internet users are ready to give their knowledge to you. In brief, video