— [http://goo.gl/b9BQ35] Let's Movietalk!_______________________MovieTalk is the comprehensible narration of a short, engaging video clip.

:: RT: Learning Languages by Using MovieTalk ▶ https://goo.gl/ET7AMb ◀ MovieTalk is at its best when applied to full-length feature movies, but we can use shorter videos to illustrate some aspects of the technique.

Let's start with a Volkswagen commercial.

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This is all highly narratable action with no dialogue at all—perfect for 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.)

The Movie Talk, a technique for language learning, is an excellent way to provide differentiated instruction, because student will pick up on whatever they are able to based on their current level of language ability. Beginning students will pick up a few words, since most words will be new to them, and advanced students will pick up on the few new words to them and will notice grammatical constructions

The Movie Talk, a technique for language learning ::

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Teacher's Narration
Teacher's Actions
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.
Point 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.
Pantomime drops.
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. Pantomime walking.
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.
Pantomine jump. Point at water.
The dog is swimming.
Pantomime swimming.
The dog is shaking himself. Water is flying everywhere.
Pantomine 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.
Pantomine hears, 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.
Pantomime faster.

Naturally, there are many other ways to approach this material—follow the inclinations of your own creativity. This example is meant only to indicate the general kind of narration and comprehension support that can be brought to bear.

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


"The focal skills approach: An assessment," by Ashley Hastings, PDF ::

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Let's do the MovieTalk.

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