— [http://goo.gl/b9BQ35] Let's Movietalk!_______________________MovieTalk is the comprehensible narration of
a short, engaging video clip.
Let's start with a Volkswagen commercial.
Just click the play button below, watch and then continue to the discussion below. ↠ #Pedagogy #Education #MovieTalk
A good way to work with a very short video is to start by playing it from beginning to end, so the students can become familiar with the whole story. Then you can go back to the beginning and start over, pausing at intervals and narrating the scenes. To reinforce meanings, you can also point to various parts of the picture while repeating relevant words and phrases. Pantomimes can sometimes be useful as well.
Here is a sample narration, designed for a low-proficiency class, with time markers and suggested actions. (This sample is not intended to suggest that teachers need to prepare elaborate notes like these. The purpose here is simply to provide a detailed demonstration of the MovieTalk technique.)
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||This dog is lying on a couch. A red car is going down the street. The dog hears the car.
||Point at dog, couch, car.
Point at your own ears to illustrate hears.
||The dog is sticking his head through his little dog door.
||Point at dog's head, dog door.
||The dog can't get his body through the door. He is too fat.
||Point at dog's body. Use
your hands to illustrate too fat
||The dog is looking at himself in a mirror. His face is sad.
at mirror, dog's face. Make a sad expression to illustrate sad.
||The dog is very fat.
||Point at dog's stomach. Use your hands to illustrate fat.
||The dog has a red ball in his mouth.
||Point at ball, mouth.
||He drops the ball.
||The ball is bouncing down the stairs. The dog is walking down the stairs.
||Point at ball, stairs. Use your hands to illustrate bouncing down.
||The dog is carrying the ball back up the stairs. He goes up and down the stairs.
||Point and use your hands to illustrate up and down the stairs.
||The dog is walking on an exercise machine.
||Point at exercise machine, pantomime walking.
||The dog is pulling a small rug. There are weights on the rug.
||Point at rug, weights. Pantomime pulling.
||The dog is watching an exercise show on television. He puts his paws on a big ball and exercises.
||Point at television, paws, ball. Use your hands to illustrate paws. Pantomime exercises.
||The dog is lying on the floor in the kitchen. There is food on the floor. There are pieces of meat. There are vegetables. Is the dog eating anything? No!
||Point at floor, food, meat, vegetables. Pantomime eating. Shake your head no.
||There is snow on the ground. It's cold. The dog is running back and forth.
||Point at snow. Wrap your arms around yourself and shiver to illustrate cold. Pantomime running back and forth.
||Now it's warm. The dog is running back and forth on the grass. He is running beside a swimming pool.
||Fan yourself to illustrate
warm. Point at grass, swimming pool.
||The dog jumps into the swimming pool. He's in the water.
jump. Point at water.
||The dog is swimming.
||The dog is shaking himself. Water is flying everywhere.
shaking. Point at water. Pantomine flying everywhere.
||The dog is looking at himself in the mirror again. He barks. Is he fat now? No!
||Point at mirror, stomach. Bark to illustrate barks. Use hands to illustrate fat. Shake head no.
||The dog hears a car. He jumps on the couch and looks through the window.
jumps. Point at couch, window.
||The dog can go through the dog door. No problem!
||Point at dog disappearing through door.
||The dog is running after the car.
||Point at dog, car. Pantomine running.
||Here is a tree with two trunks. The dog is jumping between the trunks.
||Point at tree, trunks. Pantomine between.
||The dog is running faster than the car.
The main point is that you, the teacher, provide spoken input that your students can understand with the aid of an entertaining video. This satisfies the conditions for language acquisition. —Ashley Hastings