How to download a YouTube video for my lesson

youtube tips for teachersHave you ever needed to save a YouTube video to your computer in order to use it in your language class? If I ask this question of myself, the answers is a million times YES. Sometimes I am “off-line” in class and a specific YouTube language  video is exactly what I need for a lesson. Sometimes I need a YouTube video to create a digital exercise with the SC+ digital language learning platform, and then send the exercise to individual students.

Today I am going to share with you a tip for how to download a YouTube video for your language lesson. 

There are several applications for downloading YouTube videos  that have to be installed on your computer, but  I want to share with you a downloading tip that does not require you to install anything.  My favorite utilities are:

  1. Go to the YouTube video page and copy the URL of the video you wish to save.  Next, go to the application website and paste the URL of the video. Get a link to download the file. For example, below is a picture of the URL to a video on YouTube in the URL text field of website. downloading youtube video 1
  2. Click the Download button.
  3. If done properly, download links will appear with available video formats that can be saved below the URL text field. I suggest the FLV format. It could be used for creating SC+ exercises or could be used in other applications supporting flash. Click on the FLV link. The downloading will start immediately. downloading youtube video 2
  4. IMPORTANT NOTE: I recommend to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Fire Fox web browser. The Jawa has to be installed in your web browser. If not, during steps above you will be noticed by web browser itself. The suggestion to install Jawa will appear.

Let me know if this post was useful for you. Happy downloading and avoid copyrights violation:)

Veronika, trainer, passionate teacher, blogger, member of smartclasscommunity team


  1. How to download Youtube videos using Freemake Video Downloader.

    Nowadays tons of websites allow you to download Youtube videos, but today we are going to learn how can we download videos through “Freemake Video Downloader,” it’s totally free. Yes, there is a premium pack available, but it’s not worth it. Freemake Video Downloader allows you to download & convert videos to your desired formats except for .avi & .mp3. But, wait, it allows you to download the audio (More info in the video). Moreover, Freemake Video Downloader adds a 2-second splash before & after the video when you download, it’s not a big problem if you are not paying, but we have a solution for that too. You can cut those 4 seconds using video editors.

    Here’s the tutorial;

  2. jeffcard1978 says:

    Very informative! Thanks for showing clearly how to download Youtube videos. I always use Acethinker Video Downloader to save online videos to my laptop, free and works pretty well. It’s a web-based application, you don’t have to download or install anything. Share it here as an alternative.

  3. henryjackylucky says:

    Allavsoft features downloading Teaching Channel video to video format compatible with your iPhone iPad, iPod, Android, Samsung, Blackberry, Toshiba TV, Apple TV and other portable devices.

  4. Richard says:

    You can also try this wonderful tool Free YouTube Download
    It’s easy to use, fast and reliable.

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