This is an idea I came up with when I did the excellent Consultants-E “ICT in the Language Classroom” course earlier this year.

A colleague on the course was asking if anyone could think of a way to use this video clip with learners.

Well after I’d stopped laughing at the video, this was the idea I came up with:

I think a nice lesson for this particular clip would be just for everyone to be “eyes.” You turn the sound down on the TV and after watching the film once, the students, in pairs, have to talk together and guess what was said in the dialogue.

They write the dialogue down, then watch the film again to see if they had predicted correctly. As we all know, prediction skills are a vital help to listening skills.

You could even do something like this online.

If you posted the film to a blog or website without the dialogue, you could then invite students to write their ideas of what is being said and post it as a reply to the blog entry.

After a week (and lots of nice prediction ideas have been posted by your students) you could post the “real” version with sound to the blog..

Of course, saying that you could do something like this online, and actually doing it are two different things. My colleague asked me how you could edit the film to remove the sound. I thought that Photobucket would be a good tool, so I set out to test out my theory with their video editing tools. And… it worked! Here’s how I explained to my classmate to go about doing it:

Before you start you’ll need:

  • A Photobucket account
  • A video you want to use in class like the ones you find on Youtube or Google video .
  • About an hour of time (unless you’ve done this sort of thing before)

Ok now let’s get started.

  1. Download the video you want to use from Youtube. Video Downloader is a good tool for this. Save it somewhere you’ll remember on your computer.
  2. Log in to your PhotoBucket account and upload your video.
  3. To make sure your students can’t see the original version of your film, upload it (or move the film) to a private album. If you leave the film where it is, as soon as your students have finished watching your cleverly edited film clip with no sound, they will be able to watch the original. This would probably ruin your lesson!
  4. Now you are ready to start the fun bit. Look in the botom left hand corner of the page and you’ll see the “Create Remix” button. click this then edit your film. there is a written tutorial here if you need help, though to be honest I’d recommend watching the video tutorial that opens up the first time you use the Remix tool.
  5. To cut out the sound from your film, all you need to do is add a bit of music to your film. There is a music button on the right hand side of your main video editing screen.
  6. Add some titles to your film from the “Graphics and Captions” box and you’re nearly there!
  7. Finally, when you are ready, click the “Preview” button to see what you have done so far.
  8. If you are happy with your film click on the “Publish” button and hey presto!

All you’ll need to do now is to tell your students the web address of your newly edited clip. You could ask them to post their dialogues to a blog if you have one already. Otherwise, you could simply ask them to write their dialogues on paper and bring them to the next lesson.

And here is the finished article… a video with no dialogue, which is ready for students to post their ideas of what the conversation is that they’re having in the film.