Hi video colleagues

Here's a set of links to free online video resources for English language students that I found in August 2006.

Hope something can be of use to your students.

FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE STUDENTS: FREE ONLINE VIDEO RESOURCES


1. VIDEO PODCASTS


In August 2006, I searched for video podcasts for English language learners, but I couldn't find very many.

Here are two good video podcasts that you can subscribe to:

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* digitalchalk's Vocabulary Podcast http://digitalchalk.libsyn.com/
  • A series of fun video vocabulary tutorials for English as a Second or Other Language.
  • Level: Not stated (Elementary and higher?)
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2. OTHER FREE VIDEO RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS


Happily, there are some other free video resources for English language learners by big organisations like the BBC:

  • BBC World Serice: Learning English: Watch and Listen http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/multimedia/index.shtml
    The BBC World Service Learning English has lots of good things for English language learners. The Watch and Listen video section in particular is a fantastic resource for listening exercises and cultural information, including popular music.
    Recommended levels: intermediate to advanced
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* BBC Video Nation http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/
  • Video diaries recorded by people living in Britain, with interactive exercises. These short video clips, about 1-2 minutes each, from one-year video 'diaries' by people living in Britain. Watch the videos, test your comprehension with interactive exercises, check what you have heard by looking at the tapescript, learn about aspects of life in the UK, practise your grammar and vocabulary.
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* BBC Learning English: Beyond the Postcard http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/multimedia/btp/
  • A series that looks at some not so well known features of some very well known places, from Belfast to York. There are text, audio and video comprehension exercises to help you practise and improve your English.
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* Australia Network: The Busines of English http://australianetwork.com/businessenglish/default.htm
  • "Watch and listen to every day business situations and learn English for meetings, presentations, and negotiations."
  • Level: intermediate - advanced
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* Australia Network - Study English - IELTS Preparation http://australianetwork.com/studyenglish/default.htm
  • "Develop your skills for English language study and the IELTS test via video clips, quizzes and study notes"
  • Level: intermediate - advanced
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* Australia Network - Living English http://australianetwork.com/livingenglish/default.htm
  • "Get to know the characters of our drama 'Sisters and Brothers' as you learn and revise your basic English skills of English language used in everyday situations such as checking into a hotel or describing people"
  • Level: beginner - intermediate
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* Australia Network - English Bites http://australianetwork.com/englishbites/default.htm
  • "An informative and entertaining way to improve your knowledge of the English language, with detailed reviews of language, terms and usage"
  • Level: intermediate - advanced
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* Literacyworks: Learning Resources http://literacyworks.org/learningresources/
  • A rich source of authentic listening and video materials (American English) from CBS 5 and CNN news services, helping students build their reading and writing skills. Students read CBS 5 news stories while following along with audio and/or video, then complete vocabulary, sequencing, and comprehension activities
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REAL ENGLISH


  • Real English

  • http://www.realenglish.tm.fr/
    The "Real English" series, by the Marzio School, on Google Video, is also interesting. The idea behind these short videos is to show "real" spontaneous speech by people interviewed in the street (mainly it seems in New York City and London). Produced by the Marzio School & Real English L.L.C. Here are selected videos online, by level:

Elementary and higher


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* The Jones Family (Closed Caption Version) 1 min 8 sec http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5362021784316139882&q=efl&hl=en
  • "be" in the present, and describing people
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* What do you do? What's your job? 3 min 6 sec http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4757389550673101628&q=efl&hl=en
  • Present Simple (do / does), is / are, jobs/work
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* Giving Directions - Lost in England 2 min http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5009723322089287991&q=efl&hl=en
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* How long does it take? 2 min 42 sec
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* Are you married? 4 min 28 sec http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7369047309383309233&q=efl&hl=en
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* What's your astrological sign? What are (Pisces) like? 3 min 50 sec http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6921320914887546601&q=efl&hl=en
  • 11 casual answers from people who don't know if they believe in astrology, and one answer from a true believer, "like" as an adverb (What is X like?)

Intermediate and higher:


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* What are Americans like? 3 min 57 sec http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6799778519620207732&q=efl&hl=en
  • People give their opinions about people from the USA
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* What do the Scottish think of the English? 1 min http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8724719072594092496&q=efl&hl=en
  • Scottish people give their opinion of English people
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* Jim and Robin 1 min 50 sec http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1369723363811573730&q=efl&hl=en
  • Jim and Robin, a young married couple, talk about their lives
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* Dorothy got a job! But what does she regret? Why? 1 min 25 sec http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4744392713927955085&q=efl&hl=en
  • 5 words are not audible, leaving Upper Intermediate and Advanced students a special opportunity for classsroom discussion
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MOVIES


Interested in films/movies?

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* A Modern Snow White http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDbgkWAxTQc
  • A short animated film (cartoon) giving a modern version of the tradional Snow White folk tale, intended for EFL/ESL students.
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PRONUNCIATION


  • Phonetics: The sounds of American English http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Eacadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html
    "This site contains FLASH animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of American English. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language." Brilliant!