These mini movie talks have been beneficial on many levels. Of course it give opportunities to recycle basic language that all students need to practice. It warms up the ears of the students after 24 hours of not hearing any language also. It also has given me an opportunity to learn more about my students as the year has progressed. I try to vary the topics as much as possible but animals have become a great favorite.
When I do these mini movie talks, I do some prep work prior to class. I put together some basic info about whatever the topic is to present to the class. I figure that this will also make them a bit more well rounded since many students do not really spend much time looking at any news or extras. For example, I recently showed a great clip of some lemurs in Africa sunning themselves. Craziest thing! They looked like they were doing yoga poses! Very funny! I prepped by looking up some information about lemurs. I presented it on a short power point with photos. I learned a lot and so did the students. We were able to compare the lemur to other animals.We talked about other animals that ate the same or lived in the same place,etc. Basic language and a few new words but a fun discussion that culminated in this silly video. (Click blue for link to video) We also talked about sunbathing and where we would sunbathe,etc. It was a fun way to start class.
The warm up was totally comprehensible and offered circling opportunities and recycling of basic structures. Students that had a confused look in September are now nodding their heads in comprehension. This is also a great place for non forced output. There are students anxious to try to communicate and this is their time to shine but others are not obligated. I have seen students begin to take risks more and try to share their thoughts.
Listening has done so much for all second language students. I have found this to be so helpful. And it is fun for me!
Happy end of February!