Using your Video Log. Exposure to English is key for improvement and by making entries into your Video Log on a regular basis (bi-weekly, weekly, daily, etc.) will help with your vocabulary, writing and oral comprehension.
So to start... 1) Choose a video () 2) Watch the video and take notes while viewing. Use your pause and rewind buttons frequently. 3) Choose 5 key vocabulary words for your VL entry, summarize the video in the space provided. 4) Give to your teacher or tutor for comments. 5) Follow up with exercises based on your teacher's remarks.
Just about any video you watch that is between 2 and 20 minutes and the video must be in English, with English (or no) subtitles. Using subtitles in your native language makes the point of this activity useless, and you will unconsciously read the subtitles in your native language. But fortunately, the internet provides limitless sources for quality videos.
Here listed are some suggestions of video lists that are ideal for your video log.
Popular YouTube Channels
From Around the Web
Groucho Marx said: "I find television very educating. Every time someone turns on the [television] set, I go into the other room and read a book."
While it's true that television is considered a passive activity that can make couch potatoes of us all, it does provide some advantages to those of us learning a second language. If we use the t.v. medium correctly we can turn passive viewing into active learning.
Or, follow Groucho Marx's advice, escape the enticing glow of the t.v., the over-simplified and easily consumable plot lines, the shallow Kardashian like characters, and go into the other room and read a book. An even better way to learn ;).