Authentic videos are great to show culture and language at the same time. I’ve found that my students learn more from the video when I give them a quick activity to check what they understand.

“Circle it” is an EASY and QUICK activity to make.

1) Find a video. Let’s use this song by La Oreja de Van Gogh as an example.

2) While they watch the video, they circle what they hear. I put the phrases in the target language for novice learners and in English for more advanced classes. Tip: Sometimes I handwrite it because it is faster.
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3) I’ve also done “circle what you see.” Then I write the words in the target language. See the “Super Bowl Commercials” post for an example.

Other Ideas for Videos and Songs

(Thanks to Julie G. for asking about this on Twitter!)

1) sing the chorus back

2) make an Album cover that represents the song

3) write 10 new words you learned (cognates count)

4) print lyrics and highlight words you know

5) summarize (either language)

6) add a verse

7) make a video to go with chorus or one verse

8) use lines from the song to create an original conversation (like a comic strip)

9) write a review in Spanish or English

10) analyze for literary devices (alliteration, simile)

11) use video star to make a karaoke video

12) use Megan’s Novice Interpretive form

13) their idea!

What do you do with videos in class?