PRE-CLASS TASK INCLUDED BELOW the class description.
Please respond in a comment on this page and comment on your colleagues' responses.
Paul will illustrate how entertainment video, such as clips from current movies or music videos, can be used as the basis of a complete lesson plan for all levels of learners of English, both within and outside of the classroom.
PRE-CLASS TASK: Please post your answers HERE on this class page in the comments section below.
(1) Many learners of English are convinced that if they do not understand 100% of an English-language communication or dialogue, they are not "understanding" it. But we know that learning a language means "negotiating meaning." Authentic English-language coversation is faster, uses more slang, acronyms and idioms, and can be less clearly pronounced than graded material made for teaching. Do you think it's better to use authentic materials (which?); graded materials; or both? And why?
(2) Many "learn with video" sites use subtitles (in English or sometimes the learner's L1) to aid comprehension. Do you think this is a good idea, or not? And why?