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Morality - Using embedded video to generate discussion

Uploaded by Paul B, British Council Barcelona (Spain)


This clip shows the introduction of the topic on morality and the use of language for prediction with upper-intermediate intermediate learners (15-16). They have to use the still of the video clip and talk in groups to predict what they think is going to happen. They then watch the entire video clip, compare their predictions  and discuss what they have just seen

This authentic video clip was taken from CCTV footage during the UK riots in the summer of 2011.



Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: Spanish

Age range: 15+

Language level: B2 - Upper Intermediate

Educational context: Secondary Education

IWB Features: Video

Teaching methods: Whole class discussion, Groupwork

Language area: Speaking

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

I think some of the footage shown is quite shocking and I wanted the learners to see these things on a larger screen because I thought it would emphasise the shock value of the short films. I felt that it worked quite well as stimulus for discussion and it was good to see them interacting for quite a long time in English. Obviously, one big advantage with the IWB in this case is its use to show clips from YouTube, but I also like the fact that it's easy to embed the video into a flipchart and annotate over the image then save the whole thing to revisit, for example to look at vocabulary or ideas.

Learner comments

Learner A: It was very shocking to see the films and what those people did. I like that we could see it on the a bigger screen and allthe class were concentrating and looking at the video. 

Learner B: I think the IWB helped to make the activity more engaging and we had good discussions afterwards about the film. It was good that we didn't use the YouTube site because then I think you can get more easily distracted, wanting to watch other videos. It made it seem like a real class (embedding the videos into the flipchart).

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