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This session will help teachers of EFL/ESL develop lesson plans for video projects to use with their students of various levels. It will give teachers a chance to try out ideas and share problems, resources, and successes in using video. Participants will need a video camera (or digital photo camera with video capacity) and some familiarity with easy-to-use, free video editing tools. Some technical help will be available, but the focus will be on pedagogy and lesson development rather than the technical aspects of video production.




By the end of the session, participants will

  • create a video introduction and upload it to a video-sharing Web site
  • explore and share ways of integrating video into language instruction
  • create an original lesson plan, activity, or student project that integrates video
  • create, share, and critique a student-produced or instructional video project
  • share their knowledge by engaging in discussions about using video by responding to weekly forum questions to the group and commenting on others' entries



Target audience


Video-using teachers of languages who already have some ability to create their own videos.



Interest Section


Video and Digital Media IS




Weekly content


Week 1


Introductions, Session info


Participants will join the wiki and Yahoo Group, post a brief bio, and create a short self-introductory video, which they will upload and embed on the wiki.  They will respond to forum questions (in the Yahoo Group elist) about their experiences of using video in instruction. 

Guest speaker: Naomi Migliacci


Week 2


Using Pre-existing video/Integrating Video for Instructional Purposes


Participants will review lesson plans and activities that integrate video and will share their experiences in using online and other video, Web 2.0 tools, freeware, other software.  They will submit a lesson plan or activity that uses online video or a video clip from a film or other source and/or ideas for using Web 2.0 tools. Lastly, participants will respond in the forum (Yahoo Group elist) to questions about the pros and cons of using video in language instruction and about their experiences with using Web 2.0 tools for video projects.

Guest speaker: Roger Drury


Week 3


Pre-production and Video Project Ideas for Language Courses 


Participants will discuss pre-production issues (overview of equipment, editing programs, audio, script writing, storyboarding) for video projects.  They will be assigned to submit either a short instructor-produced or a student-produced video project for Week 5 of the sesssion and will submit a brief proposal this week of what they intend to do for this project, including what lessons or activities will lead up to the project and  post-project lessons or activities and assessment/evaluation, if the project is student-produced video. Lastly, participants will respond in the forum to questions about technical aspects of video projects, challenges of video editing, and their proposed projects.

Guest speaker: Russell Stannard


Week 4


Teacher-produced video, Screencasts, and Vodcasting (videoblogging)


Participants will explore, practice with, and critique at least one of the screencast software tools suggested by the group. They will also discuss creating instructor-produced video for instruction and assessment. The group will explore Web sites for vodcasting and existing video blogs for language instruction.  Work on the final project will continue, and participants will respond to forum questions about uses of instructor-produced video and screencasts, measuring the effectiveness of instructional video, and evaluation of student projects.

Guest speaker: Pam Albrecht


Week 5   


Student-produced video projects


Participants will discuss issues related to student video projects:  integrating the project into a course while addressing course outcomes, managing the projects, assigning roles, and evaluating projects/using rubrics.  They will explore and critique student-produced instructional video projects displayed online.  During the course of the week participants will submit their final projects (an instructor- or student-produced video project) for the session.


Week 6


Video Publishing, Copyright, Online Video Sharing Issues and Session Wrap-up


Participants will continue to view each other's video projects, visit additional video sharing sites to explore their advantages as communication media, complete the session evaluation, and respond to forum questions regarding publication/copyright issues and ways to share video online.






Ryan Detwiler 

After traveling and teaching ESL for a few years, I went back to school for an MFA in Motion Pictures/Television at the AAU in San Francisco. I started eslvideo.com back then, and continue to maintain the site. These days I work as a producer of multimedia for CompareNetworks Inc -- parent company of biocompare.com, dentalcompare.com, and a few others.


Cora Chen  

I'm an ESL instructor at City College of San Francisco. I received my master’s degree in English from San Francisco State University. As a curriculum developer for the KQED Education Network, I have developed ESOL lessons on a variety of topics based on KQED/PBS television productions, and these lesson plans have been published by KQED Education Network online and in booklets. I am honored to have the chance to co-moderate for the EVO Video 2009 session with such a wonderful team.

Cora's ESL page:




Kristi Reyes  

I am a graduate of the TESL program at Northern Arizona University, USA (M.A.,'97). I have taught English as a Second Language in Southern California for more than 10 years. Currently I teach adults (general ESL, Vocational ESL, and Digital Storytelling) in the noncredit ESL program at MiraCosta College in Oceanside. Before that, I was a teacher trainer for the U.S. Peace Corps in Tonga.

I write a monthly article on Web 2.0 tools for use in adult education and moderate online workshops for OTAN. I am a technology-integration enthusiast, and while I enjoy using it in my daily instruction, even more exciting for me is putting the technology into the hands of students and seeing the amazing projects they are able to produce.





Elizabeth Hanson-Smith  

Formerly director of the TESOL Program at CSUS, I took early retirement to pursue a career in educational computing. I was lead designer for the Oxford Picture Dictionary Interactive and consultant on the Live Action English CD. With Joy Egbert, I co-edited CALL Environments (TESOL, 1999), and edited Technology-enhanced Learning Environments, (TESOL 2000), writing chapters for both volumes. I've been part of the Coordinating Team for the Electronic Village Online for the past 5 years.

Homepage: http://webpages.csus.edu/~hansonsm

Ed tech blog: http://ehansonsmith.blogspot.com

Video archives wiki: http://evovideo.pbwiki.com





Communication tools to be used


Yahoo! Group:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evovideo09/ 

Wiki:  http://evovideo09.wikispaces.com/ 

Archive of lessons, tools, and other resources: http://evovideo.wikispaces.com 

A selection of video blogs and archives will be listed in the session wiki.


Join this session



To join this group:


From January 1 to 12:


  1. Go to our  EVO Video 09 Yahoo Group
  2. Click on the blue button:  (This is just an image). The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you don´t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).
  3. Follow the instructions


You will also receive a welcome message from the group giving you directions for joining our wiki.




Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to fill out your profile.


Back to Call for Participation


The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section.


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.




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