3 Amazing Videos to Raise Awareness and Get Your Learners Talking!

3 Amazing Videos to Raise Awareness and Get Your Learners Talking!

I recently posted a blog post on Language Teaching Professionals about three awesome videos to inspire your learners. It was very well received so I thought I would do another post about videos. Click here if you haven’t read that post.

 

Today I have chosen three more of my favorite videos that I show to inform my learners. All these videos got a fantastic response, so I hope you will find them useful. I teach at a university in Japan, and I considered all three to be suitable for adults. However, if you are teaching younger leaners you might want to vet them for their suitability before playing them. The last one has a little bad language.

The DNA Journey – Momondo

 

 

The first is a video I came across quite recently and it has a very powerful message. The video starts by posing the question, “Would you dare to question who you really are?” It then starts to show short clips of 67 people from around the world talking about their backgrounds and heritages. All the participants appear to know their family tree well, and predicted a DNA test would show little diversity in their backgrounds. There are a few ethnocentric views and some suggesting they think more of their own nationality than people from other countries. At the end they all take a DNA test. The group was invited back a few weeks later and the participants were asked to open an envelope which would reveal a breakdown of where they were from. I’ll not spoil it for you, so please watch to find out how it turns out.

My classes really enjoyed this one. None of them predicted the outcome and some were shocked. It sparked some nice conversations about their own backgrounds and where they might come from.

Maya Angelou—Love liberates

 

 

“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now…be able to love now because that liberates…love liberates”. This is how Maya Angelou starts this powerful video about love. This has a very powerful and heartwarming message. I think this personal story about her life really can inspire your learners. There is some fabulous advice and she has a beautiful way of narrating her story. I am sure it will draw you and your learners in.

I had to play this video a few times to my learners. It took a couple of listens because there are so many great words and advice. I prepared a worksheet with some discussion questions and quotations. My learners described it as inspirational and we used it to discuss their feelings on many of the topics brought up by Maya.

Look up

 

This is a powerful video for raising awareness about over use of social media and communication technology. The message is pretty simple – to look up from our smartphones, tablets, and computers. Many of my learners found it quite difficult to understand 100% of the words in this video, but the accompanying imagery helped them to understand the message.

After we watched the video we moved on to a discussion about smartphones. Learners discussed how much time they spend on their phones and the kinds of things they used their smartphones for. There was one question that asked how they would feel if they lost their smartphones and that provoked some strong responses.

I hope you enjoyed these three videos. Please let me know what you think of them, and if you use them in your class, what kinds of responses you get.

Comments

  • Eleni Watson
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    All of the videos are amazing!!! The “Look down/Look up” is breath taking. Thanks for sharing those with us. I will try to show these to my students. they will hopefully get the message…

    • admin

      Thanks Eleni!

      I’m glad to hear you found them useful. I showed the DNA journey to class today and they really liked it. I hope your students get them and enjoy them!

  • Elvira
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    Hello,I really liked it.That’s very important for our life,thanks a lot for sharing those with us.

    • admin

      Thanks Elvira!

      I am happy to here that! Thanks for reading my post. Much appreciated.

      Have a nice day!

  • Magdalena
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    Thank you for sharing such brilliant ideas for lessons and such thought provoking videos 🙂
    The one my students liked a lot was a youtube commercial – Truemore H: Giving. If you want to teach your students love, kidness, peace and respect this video is perfect for that. It has such a powerful meaning behind it.
    After watching the video, I divided students into small groups and prepared some questions (based on the video) for discussion then students counted to 3 and joined another groups (1 works with 1, 2 with 2 etc) to share their opinions. Next we had a whole class discussion. As a homework you can ask your students to write a story of a boy from the video.

    • admin

      I am happy to hear the videos were useful!

  • Gosia Kwiatkowska
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    I also like using videos with a message to encourage my students to reflect and talk in the classroom. Thanks for these fantastic picks! My two all-time favourite videos are ‘Dove Beauty Sketches’ (explores the topic of beauty and its perception) and ‘What’s on your mind’ (deals with how we use social media, esp Facebook). They never fail to spark discussion!

    • admin

      Thanks for your suggestions! I’ll check them out.

  • natasa
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    I loved them all! So motivating and inspiring both for the teacher and the students! Well done!!

    • admin

      Thanks! I am happy to hear you liked them!

  • natasa
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    I was wondering if there are other similar videos that could be used in the classroom either for advanced or elementary levels.

  • natasa
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    Thanks a lot xx