Published 21st August 2018
Apparently, 65% of people are visual learners and 90% of information that is transmitted to the brain is visual. Visuals improve comprehension, generate emotion and motivate students. No wonder then that is should be a key teaching tool in our TEFL class. It makes a change from textbook learning and it gives students a chance to practice their listening skills.
Tips for using visuals to motivate students in your TEFL class
Before your Students Watch
At the start of your video TEFL class give your students some background about the video. Make sure you teach any vocabulary they haven’t yet come across and tell them about the characters they are going to see.
Watch the Video
In your TEFL class watch the video in full without any interruptions. Let them absorb the information without having to stop and think.
Ask some Questions
When the video has finished in the TEFL class, ask some general questions that you think the students will be able to answer from seeing the video once. Then hand out a sheet with short questions. Ask the students to look for the answers as they are watching the video.
Play the Video Again
If you can, sometimes it helps to show English subtitles. Although they are meant for the hard of hearing, it will encourage your students to read the short paragraphs and perhaps pick up more information.
Go through the Questions
In your TEFL class ask your students to read out the answers to the questions.
Watch Without Sound
Pick a part of the video that’s a couple of minutes long. Put your students into two teams. The first team turn their backs to the TV and the second team watch the segment with the sound down. When it’s finished the second team must explain what the segment was about to the first team.
Then the groups swap over and to it again. Once both teams have had a chance at the explanation watch the segment to see how well they did at remembering what happened.
There are plenty of other ways you can make use of a video lesson in a TEFL class. Make it fun and it’s something your students will look forward to doing whatever their English level.