WHAT YOU NEED:
1 to 2 minute video conversation (no talking heads!), computer or
VCR+monitor. It is best to use digital video.
15 to 40 target-language statements to be judged "true" or "false" (nothing arranged in chronological order)
You hear the word ...
You see a ...
You hear the phrase...
Statements about the characteristics of any object visible
Statements about the description of any person visible
Other statements about background and foreground
Statements about what characters wear
Statements about what characters do
Statements about what characters say
WHAT YOU DO:
After previewing activities, and perhaps
as students are watching
1. Have them complete the "true" or "false"
WHAT YOU EXPECT:Students have a path toward comprehension of whole target-language video by first determining a number of statements that are either true or false about it. Since the statements themselves are generally 3rd person paraphrases, they give students a 1st step toward doing the same for reporting conversations they witness in real life. Students must relate printed word to image, and sound to printed word. They must create with the language, under varying degrees of teacher control. They expand comprehension further by asking "why", "what if", and by extending the quiz with new observations. There are also possibilities for TPR interaction. A number of the activities suggested can be programmed for autonomous learning, using applications like "Hot Potatoes".