One simple way to hold students accountable while watching a video is to ask closed-ended questions. Now, let me be clear. In all other cases, I prefer open-ended questions because they allow the student to explain and expand their answers, which pushes them toward higher proficiency levels. However, closed questions with more than one right answer help students focus on something concrete. Plus, it’s the perfect primer BEFORE an open-ended question.
Unit Topic: Introductions (level one)
Daily Objective: I can tell my name and introduce a friend.
Not a Spanish teacher? Translation: “What are 5 of the names mentioned in the video?”
Unit Topic: Descriptions (level 1)
Daily Objective: I can describe my personality.
(Not a Spanish teacher? The video has a lot of options for describing a gol. What are the different descriptions?)
Unit Topic: Shopping (level 1)
Daily Objective: I can understand coupons and ads. (What products? What deals? What’s the price?)
I can compare Black Friday deals.
(Not a Spanish teacher? What is the event? Where? What time?)
Unit Topic: Entertainment (Level 2)
Daily Objective: I can categorize different genres of music and tell the basic message of the song.
(Not a Spanish teacher? What does the singer say he has? What doesn’t he have?)
Unit Topic: Careers and My Future (level 4)
Daily Objective: I can list potential careers I’m interested in and explain why I like them.
(Not a Spanish teacher? According to the video, Who needs to enjoy breakfast? Why?)
There’s no one way to do this, but this is how it works best for me.
Show the video once before you ask any questions. Let them see what they can figure out without a task.
Next, ask a question that has more than one correct answer. (This gives them a reason to watch it again.)
Post the question so they can see it (as you are asking it).
Show the video again.
Let them discuss their answers first as partners or groups then together as a whole class.
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