http://www.youtube.com/ blocked in Turkey, teachers are left with a minimal number of websites offering videos to use in their classrooms.
There is one website, however, that I am particularly fond of. Having come across it by chance, http://www.videojug.com/ turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.
There are ten thematically organised categories (Beauty&Style, Creative&Culture, Family&Education, Food&Drink, Health&Wellbeing, Lifestyle&Home, Love&Dating, Money&Careers, Sports&Outdoors, Technology&Cars) each including a vast amount of videos.
Most of them are pretty short, ranging from 1 to 5 minutes and some are clearly inappropriate for kids. That is why make sure that you watch a video before showing it to your students.
What are the advantages of using www.videojug.com in the ESL classroom?
• Videos collected there are an inexhaustible source of authentic language use provided in a compact, concise form
• It is a chance to introduce new, interesting vocabulary or phrases
• Because the videos are short, students are left with no time to get bored while watching them
• The website contains videos to match almost any topic you discuss in the classroom
• Bearing the Multiple Intelligences theory in mind, a video watched in the classroom increases the learning abilities of Visual and Auditory students
How can we make use of the videos in the classroom?
• Let students simply watch. It might be a great opportunity to introduce a topic and set up a context relevant to the lesson you are planning to teach
• Watching something controversial or surprising might be a starting point for a productive discussion
• They may watch and simply answer some questions provided by the teacher
• Students might take notes and later compare them with a partner
• Use it as a dictogloss – the students first watch and listen, then listen and take notes, after that compare with a partner and produce a final version of what was being told
• Students can write a summary of what they have seen
• You may choose two similar videos and ask students to pinpoint similarities and differences