Now, creativity can anywhere result from, but sometimes a occupied online teacher needs a little assistance. I started using the Woodpecker application a couple weeks ago, and the main advantage for me is, that it’s a wonderful source of inspiration for lesson ideas. I have a number of long-term conversation students, this means I constantly need new lesson materials. I often use TED as a source for creating lessons predicated on videos.
However, variety is the spice of life (so is espresso, apparently). I came across a YouTube channel called C.G.P. Grey on Woodpecker. According to its explanation, an assortment is included because of it of explanatory videos with animations on topics about politics, geography, economics, and British culture. I chose a video from the channel and also have used the functions in the Woodpecker application to create a mixed level discussion lesson about ‘Coffee’. Despite the fact that the video is approximately a potentially excellent subject for discussion, I wouldn’t have usually chosen it for a lesson, as the loudspeaker talks very fast.
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There are web applications like Otranscribe that allow you to slow down the velocity of the video. Nik Peachey published a post about employing this app to improve ‘Bottom-up’ hearing skills. However, with the Woodpecker app, students can manage with the fast narration by using a variety of functions like reading along with a transcript or going back one sentence to re-listen to chunks of the video. Students, who’ve the app on their phone, have the ability to just work at their own speed, using the specific functions that they want, to help them to comprehend the video.
Additional information about the app’s functions is seen in my last two blog posts, 10 Phrasal Verbs for the Office and What Countries Have Tried Universal Basic Income? The objective of the lesson is to boost speaking skills and fluency, expand vocabulary and develop both micro and macro listening skills.
In addition, Task 2 reviews the language of choice. The lesson contains a warm-up exercise, eight duties, homework activities and an answer key. Warm up: Encourage students to talk about this issue of coffee, their behaviors, their opinions, and check their espresso knowledge. Task 1: Types of espresso. Match the name of the espresso types with the diagram. This is just for fun and could be beneficial to help students order their favourite kind of coffee when abroad.
This exercise should be completed quite quickly. Task 2: Expressing preference. Review the various ways of talking about choice and encourage students to use the different structures to talk about their coffee preferences. Task 3: Coffee facts. Get students to predict the answers to the questions before viewing the first 0:38 seconds of the video. Encourage students to view the video using the Woodpecker app (horizontal mode) or Youtube (CC off) WITHOUT subtitles and answer the questions. Task 4: Fill the gaps. Students watch the first 0:38 seconds of the video and should focus on listening for specific details again, brands and numbers of countries.
Then they need to fill the spaces in the transcript. If necessary they can repeat the video and use the Woodpecker text and go-back functions (Portrait mode) or YouTube subtitles (CC on) to help complete the exercise. Task 5: How is coffee made? Students should look at the table and predict the titles of the levels of coffee from pollination to espresso using the photos.
Then, watch the video without subtitles and take note the true brands of the levels. If required they can repeat the video and use the Woodpecker text and go-back functions (portrait mode) or YouTube subtitles (CC on) to help complete the exercise. Task 6: Comprehension. Get students to quickly forecast the answers to the questions and then watch the last part of the video without subtitles.
If necessary they can repeat the video and use the Woodpecker text message and go-back functions (subtitles in YouTube) to help complete the exercise. Task 7: Discussion. Encourage students to speak, reveal their opinions, talk about their preferences and generally use the vocabulary from the lesson. Task 8: A coffee phrase. Ask students to imagine the meaning of the expression, if they are not familiar with it. They are able to also google the manifestation and compare the various definitions.
Homework: The first 6 short tasks require the use of the Woodpecker application and the target is to examine the language from the lesson and to improve hearing and comprehension skills using the C.G.P.Grey video. The excess activity is a listening and writing exercise using a BBC Learning English Podcast about coffee addiction.