Thursday, April 17, 2014

Video Clips - Listening Comprehension

This link takes you to an external site where you will find a range of short video clips from feature-length films including 'The Great Gatsby', 'Silver Linings Playbook', 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy', plus many, many more.
With each video clip there are a small number of comprehension questions and answers. The level of difficulty for learners will vary according to the language and visual clues in each clip, but I would expect the easiest of these clips to be aimed at intermediate level EFL learners or above.
Although these exercises stand up on their own, not watching from the beginning of each movie removes a lot of the context. Not knowing the background to the situation viewed or the characters featured is a disadvantage for anyone trying to fully understand a short clip.
Ideally, learners could be encouraged to watch the whole film for gist, then they could do follow-up activities which could include these clips for specific comprehension, which could then lead to further language development.

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