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Understanding spoken English can be challenging.  One of the keys to working with this challenge is to expose yourself on a regular basis to English.  Listening daily, weekly, biweekly will obviously help you with your listening comprehension, but it will also help you with your vocabulary, syntax, grammar and pronunciation, by acclimating you to the rhythm and cadence of the language.
Read, read, read.  A fundamental statement for a fundamental function.  Reading is the best way to increase your vocabulary and to improve your comprehension of English or any other language.  It improves your writing, provides for increased knowledge in different subject areas, and provides for both relaxation and a workout for your mind and imagination. - See more at: http://www.englishcaddy.org/readinglog.htm#sthash.Y85tsu8T.dpuf
Read, read, read.  A fundamental statement for a fundamental function.  Reading is the best way to increase your vocabulary and to improve your comprehension of English or any other language.  It improves your writing, provides for increased knowledge in different subject areas, and provides for both relaxation and a workout for your mind and imagination. - See more at: http://www.englishcaddy.org/readinglog.htm#sthash.Y85tsu8T.dpuf

Using Your Video Log

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 (sources and ideas) 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.

Here is an online example of the Reading & Video Log, you may download a copy here.

 

The Reading & Video Log is formatted for A4 paper.  It is down-loadable in PDF format and can be printed as single blank pages on A4 paper or on A3 in booklet form as shown on the left. 

  • You may download a PDF of the full Reading & Video Log for free, or
  • Download a 1 page Fillable PDF
    for your computer.
    (Just type in your information in this down-loadable form, print and give to your teacher) for comments.

 

What can be entered in the Video Log?

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.

EnglishCaddy Pages 

  • Arts & Literature - A collection of videos about books, entertainment and the arts.
  • English -  A collection of videos about learning English.
  • News - Stay informed with world-wide news.
  • Science - On this page you will find a collection of playlists grouped into the various areas of science.
  • Sports - Sports news in a collection of playlists
  • VOA - Voice of America.  Videos designed for language learners with English subtitles and a wide variety of subjects.
  • Web Series - A small collection of award winning web series.

Popular YouTube Channels

  • iBio Seminars - Collection of videos presented by scientists in the area of Biology (website)
  • TED Ed - From the people of TED Talks, a collection of videos in popular science, culture and education.
  • MathTV - Producer of Math tutorial videos. (website)
  • VOA - Voice of America's learning English YouTube channel. (website)
  • More Youtube science channels! PDF

From Around the Web

Make the Most out of Your Viewing

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.

  • Choose Intelligently
    • When selecting a video, consider the following criteria:
      • Level: Is it too hard, do they speak to quickly, are there English subtitles available?
      • Subject. Motivation is key.  Is the video based on a subject that is interesting to you?
      • Quality: Is it a well-produced video from a reliable source?
  • Listen attentively and actively. 
    • Don't let the t.v. or video control you.  Take charge of it yourself. A simple way to do this is to frequently use the Pause, and Rewind buttons provided on every play.  If you don't understand something, STOP the video, and if you need to GO BACK and listen the part that you didn't understand again, and again and again if necessary. 
  • Mimic
    • This could sound a little silly, but try to speak like the person or characters that you saw in the video.  It may be best to do this alone :)  But exaggerate and over-pronounce the English that you heard.  After doing this awhile, you will improve your accent.
  • Take Notes
    • This may seem pretty obvious, but things can go by pretty quickly when it comes to visual media.  Keep a pen and paper ready, and use the Pause and Rewind buttons frequently so that you can "harvest" as much English as possible.
  • Produce
    • This is where your video log comes into play.  For every video that you watch, use your notes and make a video log entry.  When each entry is done, give them to your teacher for comments or use them as discussion topics with friends.

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 ;).

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
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I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
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