These videos are intended to be a source of comprehensible input for English language learners. As an adult ESL teacher, I have always been frustrated by how difficult it is to find videos online for my students to watch. My students always want to do more listening, but it can be difficult to find sources of aural input that are both understandable and interesting to students. Many of the videos on YouTube or other websites are very difficult for ESL students to understand and can cause feelings of frustration, which consequently decreases their motivation to learn. But this website is a place where English language learners can come to find easy, comprehensible videos on topics they enjoy.
If you are an ESL teacher, I hope this website will be useful to you and your students. These videos could be used during class time as a way to teach students about a particular topic. Or, you could simply show a video that you think your students will enjoy as a fun activity during class. After showing a video, you could ask students questions about it, explain parts they didn’t understand, and use the video as a starting point for a class discussion.
You can also recommend this website to your students as a resource for them to use at home. If you want, you could even give students a homework assignment to watch a certain number of videos per week. For accountability, you could ask them to turn in a short summary or answer a set of questions about the videos they watch.
Research has shown that learners acquire the most language when they listen to something that interests them. Therefore, it is beneficial for students to have a choice in the videos that they watch. I hope to continue adding more and more videos to the website so that it will become easier for students of all different interests to find videos that they truly enjoy.
For more information on teaching with comprehensible input, I recommend the following resources:
"The Wrong Way and the Right Way to Learn a Foreign Language" by Stephen Krashen
"What Everyone Should Know about Second Language Acquisition"
Tea with BVP, Bill VanPatten’s weekly podcast on second language acquisition:
"The Research Supporting the Comprehensible Input Hypothesis and C.I. Instruction"
"How Does Bill VanPatten Describe How We Acquire Language?"