EVO 07 Workshop Syllabus:

Title: EVO Video 2007: ESL/EFL Student Video Production

EVO Video 2007: ESL/EFL Student Video Production is a free workshop for all teachers interested in learning how to create and share video on the web, what kinds of video projects other teachers are producing with their classes, and how they're doing it. Although not required, access to a mini DV camera and high-speed internet is recommended.

  • Create a short video and upload it to the web.
  • Modify one of lesson plans presented to something you can use with your class.
  • Share your work with the rest of the group and brainstorm, comment on, and/or develop new materials.

Platforms for delivery:
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EVOvideo07
Wiki: http://evovideo07.wikispaces.com

Target Audience: ESL/EFL teachers interested in web-video and student video production.
Equipment: Access to a mini DV camera, computer, and a high-speed internet connection is recommended.
Moderators: Ryan Detwiler and Nicolas Gromik.

Wiki Username and Password: was sent to you in the YG welcome email, also posted here in the FILES section of our YG.

Pre-Session (before Jan. 15)
*Getting Started* A short list of activities to complete before the session begins.

i. Activities

1. Read the article "Video Online" by Elizabeth Hanson-Smith and Mike Marzio.
2. Quickly complete the Needs Assessment Survey.
3. Read the Netiquette document and take the self-quiz. (There are two links to the quiz... the second seems to work better.)
4. Create your own wiki page and link it to the side bar under "Participant Pages." Here's how:

5. Please go ahead and look over everything that we will cover in this session. There are several resources listed in Week 2... you might want to get an early start with some of that information - or perhaps even the activity of that week.

Week 1: Jan. 15 – Jan. 21
This week we’ll introduce ourselves and talk about why we’re taking this session. Participants will learn how to navigate the Yahoo Group and upload files to the wiki (photos) in addition to completing the Needs Assessment Survey and Netiquette Quiz (if not already completed Pre-Session).
i. Materials
ii. Activities
iii. Benchmarks


1. Introduce yourself to our EVO group of teachers and trainers by sending an email message to EVOvideo07 at yahoogroups.com. Tell us a little about:
  • Where you teach, and what level and age group you’re teaching
  • What your students would like about class-video projects
  • Your past experiences with video and/or class-video projects (include links to examples if possible)
  • Any video production literature you might be using
  • Some of subjects and topics you'd like to learn more about during this session

2. Upload your photo to the PHOTOS area of our Wiki.

3. Configure your Yahoo Group and Yahoo Email Account settings. Set your options in our Yahoo Group to receive individual messages or to get a daily digest, so you'll know what others have written. To do that, click on Edit My Membership on the top right of our YG front page. Under Message Delivery, check either Individual Emails or Daily Digest. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the screen. You may also want to configure your Yahoo Account so that all email from our group goes to one folder – THIS IS EASY TO DO AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Click here for the online tutorial: "How to sort your incoming mail automatically into designated folders,"by Ibrahim Rustamov.

4. Create your own wiki page and link it to the side bar under "Participant Pages." Here's how:

5. Complete any unfinished Pre-Session activities.

I have . . .
  • introduced myself
  • uploaded a photo
  • set my email preferences / configured my yahoo account
  • created my wiki page
  • read the article, "A Word from a Techie"
  • read Netiquette and taken the self-test
  • completed the Needs Assessment Survey

Week 2: Jan. 22 – Jan. 28
This week we’ll go over the basics of shooting, capturing, editing and uploading video to hosting sites such as YouTube and Grouper. Materials for this week include several online tutorials and a special “How to” video by Sarah Lilburn of The Daily English Show!
i. Materials
ii. Activities
iii. Benchmarks

  • Sarah’s Video showing “how to capture / edit / upload to YouTube”
  • Current TV Survival Guide: Tutorial for planning, shooting, editing
  • Kid’s Vid website: Tips on scripting, shooting and editing
  • Links to free use music websites
  • (and more)


1. Write to the group your comments about and impressions of this week’s materials. Please include in your post any links to other resources that you have found helpful.

2. Working alone or with some friends, create a short (1-2min) personal narrative or documentary style video and share it with the group. Actually, your video can be anything -- the goal of the exercise is to work through the technical process presented in this week’s materials. Focus on the process: plan, shoot, capture, edit (try to make at least 7 edits), export, and upload to YouTube, Revver, Google, etc..
Your video should be simple and short and share something about the place where you are.
Once you’ve upload your video to the web, post either your video or the link to you video to your wiki page and invite the group to watch it.
Have fun! We look forward to seeing your work!
Contact moderators for any help or advice with editing and/or uploading to the web.
Note: Please post your links no later than the end of week 3 (Feb. 4th).

I have . . .
  • viewed this week’s materials and written to the group.
  • made my video that shares a bit of the culture and place where I live and have uploaded it to the web and added the link to my wiki page (please post links no later than end of week 3, (Feb. 4th).

Week 3: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4
This week we will go over several lesson plans and discuss means of customizing them for use in our own class, taking into account things like: time, budget, class size and skill level, etc.. (Many thanks to EVO colleagues for sharing these lesson plans, storyboards, and example videos with us.)
i. Materials
ii. Activities
iii. Benchmarks


1. Go over the material of this week and write to group:
  • Think of a class you've recently taught - which project would have worked best for them? Why?
  • In what ways (if any) would you need to modify the schedule of this production to fit your class? In other words, what changes would you make to the project based on time, equipment, class’ size, skill level, age, and the number of times your class meets per week?
  • How would you intitiate the creative process?
  • ..... other thoughts?

2. If you haven’t already, please upload your video to the web and post the link on your wiki page.

3. Watch the videos made by our group members and offer feedback.

I have . . .
  • viewed this week’s materials and written to the group.
  • made my video that shares a bit of the culture and place where I live and have uploaded it to the web and linked it to my wiki page.

Week 4: Feb. 5 – Feb. 11
This week we’ll each chose one of the video projects presented last week and modify the lesson plan / re-work the schedule so that we can actually produce the video with our class. Please post this new lesson plan to your wiki page.
i. Materials
ii. Activities
iii. Benchmarks


1. Watch the videos made by our group members and offer feedback.

2. Pick one of the projects presented last week and comment on it, or develop and add an activity for it, or otherwise customize the lesson plan so that it's something you can use with your class - and - post this information to your wiki page. Please also invite the group to visit your page and leave comments.

I have . . .
  • viewed several of the videos created by this group and have left feedback for the producers.
  • added to my wiki page and invited the group to visit.

Week 5: Feb. 12 – Feb. 18
This week we will read each other’s lesson plans, discuss them and share constructive feedback. We’ll also discuss grading.
i. Materials
ii. Activities
iii. Benchmarks


1. Please read several group member wiki pages and leave them some constructive feedback.
2. Write to the group:
  • Which ideas from other lesson plans did you find helpful?
  • How would you assess or evaluate the work of your students?
  • What’s another video project might also like to try?

I have . . .
  • read several group member wiki pages, taking note of useful ideas and providing feedback.
  • written to the group about how I’d grade my class' projects.

Week 6: Feb. 19 – Feb. 25
This week we’ll look at TESOL’s Resource Center and other teacher resource sites. Participants are encouraged to upload their lesson plans for other teachers to use and refer too. We will also briefly discuss release forms, class networks, and close with session evaluations.
i. Materials
ii. Activities


1. Read Nicolas’ letter concerning release forms. Please download the release forms from our YG FILES section and save them for future use.
2. Might you be able to create a video exchange or collaboration with any of the participants' students? Suggest some ideas.
3. Complete the evaluation for this session.

Moderator Bios

Ryan Detwiler earned his BA in English and TESL Certificate at the University of California in Santa Barbara. In 1998 he taught video production to a high intermediate class of ESL students and has been hooked on producing video and web-based content ever since. After living and teaching in France and Japan for a couple of years, Ryan moved to San Francisco, California, to get an MFA in Motion/Pictures and Television at the Academy of Art University. In March of 2005 he founded ESL Video, Inc., an educational software development / production company. Ryan currently lives in JapanTown, San Francisco with his wife, Kayo, son, Kaishu, and daughter, Mikoto.

Nicolas Gromik currently works at Tohoku University in Japan. He has been using and training students to produce videos of various genres for the last three years ranging from basic videotaping with Senior High School students, as well as sophomore and advanced Japanese speakers of English. He is currently experimenting with the art of mini documentary video making.

Many thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Hanson-Smith for her advice, feedback and contributions to EVO Video 07 -- Ryan & Nicolas