Video Clips on The Challenges of Learning English
by Diana Garcia-Lavigne, NNETESOL Webmaster
A few of us recently attended a Vermont Agency of Education-sponsored WIDA workshop on differentiating for ELLs. Our instructor showed a number of great (often funny) videos that illustrate the challenges of learning English, which I’ve listed below. I know I’ll be using these the next time I’m called upon to train my mainstream colleagues in how to better serve the ELLs in their classroom. I know there are lots of these video clips out there. If you have an especially good one, please share it with us at email@example.com
- Immersion – Tells the story of Moises and his difficulties at succeeding in school without access to his native language.
- Mrs. Amin: Two views of a Foreign Language Lesson – Shows the comprehensibility of a lesson taught in Farsi first without use of supports, then with realia, etc.
- Learning English: “Ough” is tough to figure out – This clip from ‘I Love Lucy’ illustrates some of the challenges of English pronunciation.
- Pablo has skeletons in the closet – Flula has a very literal take on the idiom ‘skeletons in the closet’.