Homework on the Internet for ESOL EFL and ESL students – Part 1 – Watching Films

Provided students have their own computer and the internet or access to one (via a library, internet cafe or study centre), homework set online can be great fun. Watching short films gives them access to language that they can use for loads of diferent activities.

What to watch? Where to watch it?

Youtube.com has endless things to watch and depending what topic or grammar you have covered there is always something you can direct students to.  I’ve made a quick list of some topics and films below, but a quick search will usually uncover something interesting for your students.

Topic or Grammar Area Video and link
Restaurants Mr Bean in the restaurant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jquWO-0VkII 
Health http://www.videojug.com/tag/health-and-wellbeing learn how to be healthy 
Prepositions Weird explanation http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6e9n5_english-grammar-prepositions-time 
Cooking Learn to cook something – http://www.videojug.com/tag/food-and-drink 
History www.history.com loads of films here 

 Mr Bean is great for lower level students.

Monty Python is better for high level students L1/L2 or B1+

 Activities to do whilst/after watching

 1. Watch for general meaning. – ask students simply to watch the video so they can talk about it in the next class. This works best with something that will generate discussion. If its a comedy, ask students why it was or wasn’t funny.

2. Watch for detail. Make a comprehension students can answer while they watch. It doesn’t have to be too detailed.

3. Watch and learn. This works well with www.videojug.com . Ask students to learn how to cook something and explain it to other class members.

4. Watch and review. Ask students to point out things they liked or didn’t like about a short film or sketch. You could even make a checklist to organise their ideas. e.g. What did you think of the actors? etc.

5. Watch and compare. Students watch two clips and decide which one is best and why.

6. Watching music videos.  See my other blog about this.

Great Video Websites

www.google.com – click on the ‘video’ link at the top to search through loads of vids.


www.videojug.com – Great educational site

http://www.dailymotion.com/us – funny stuff

www.history.com – history television shows and clips (short ads play first)

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