Can video offer a quick introduction when you can’t get to an ESL bookstore? I often get questions from teachers and volunteer tutors about the ESL Extras readers:
- I’m nowhere near a bookshop – what do the books look like? How do you use them?
- What are the levels, exactly? What’s this ‘Beginner B’?
- How does your prelim ‘literacy’ reader work?
I have blogged about these questions, but I know that for some people, video offers way more value than reading*: hence this experiment with YouTube.
This video introduces the ESL Extras series:
This looks at levels for the different ESL Extras books:
And this one explains how Welcome to Hope Street, the prelim/literacy reader, works:
The video learning curve
It was an interesting process making these videos (big shoutout thanks to Steve Bezant, husband of a writing friend, who was behind the camera and did the editing). I’ve been wanting to make videos for students as well, but wondered how it would go, and now I realise how different video presenting is from chatting away in class, where you have non-stop interaction.
So as an experiment, it’s been useful for me, even before I get feedback from teachers. (I think there’s still quite a lot of refining to do.) If you’re planning to do some ‘talking head’ presenting, Steve recommended a free Udemy course called ‘How to create great talking head videos’ – I worked through this and it was very helpful.
Feedback is welcome…
So feedback is welcome – as are other questions about ‘the books and how to use them’ that aren’t answered on this site, or which need visuals to be answered clearly. Thanks for watching!