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The purpose of videos in lesson plans

The purpose of videos in lesson plans

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Videos in ESL classroom are no revelation. However, not everyone knows how to utilize them effectively. For you, we dig through YouTube to separate the gold from the garbage and use it to:

1. Educate the student about the lesson topic
Even though the videos are entertaining, they don’t lack the educational purpose. Our intention is to expand the student’s general knowledge about the lesson topic in a fun way.

2. Introduce and practice new vocabulary or grammar
The grammar or vocabulary in the video are always on-topic and therefore, relevant to the student. Most of our videos are preceded or followed by a vocabulary/grammar check.

3. Spark a discussion
After the student watches the video, they discuss questions related to it and oftentimes share their personal experience. This kind of practice significantly improves their critical thinking.

4. Allow the student to get acquainted with native speech
In class, the teacher slows down their speech in order for the student to understand them. But, what will happen when the student meets a native speaker outside the classroom? Native speakers won’t be so considerate toward non-natives. Therefore, it’s important for them to be exposed to some “real” English.



About Tijana
About Tijana

Tijana is an ESL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, and ESL Content Creator with a decade-long working experience. She designed 300+ lesson plans for Lingua Britannica where she also acted as a Head of Content. Tijana holds a B.A. in Applied Linguistics from UVic, an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from UBC, as well as a 120-hour TEFL certificate.

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