3 Favorite TED-Ed videos as MFL resources

TED-EdMFL (modern foreign language) teachers looking for video resources for your english language class?

TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos. These videos are a great source for ESL (english as a second language) education. They are using the target language. They are funny and short.  They are mostly animated.  This is what makes the language easier to understand.

Great news for educators: videos are supplemented by lessons (as you see in the examples below). Lessons have three parts: watch – think – think deeper – discuss.  The “Think” part of the lesson contains multiple choice and open answer questions. Lessons can be customized when you create a personal account at TED-Ed. For a start, it is enough to search all these beautiful videos and use them in english lessons. Maybe you will create one of your own when the right time comes.

I am sharing with you my three favorite lessons that I am using when working with digital tools in a class.

While listening the target language you will learn: where to use commas in sentences, how languages evolve and what kind of languages are “conlangs”?

Your students will not be bored, I bet!

Comma story – Terisa Folaron

Lesson for this video: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/comma-story-terisa-folaron#review

How languages evolve – Alex Gendler

Lesson for this video: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-languages-evolve-alex-gendler#review

Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi real languages? – John McWhorter

Lesson for this video: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/are-elvish-klingon-dothraki-and-na-vi-real-languages-john-mcwhorter#review

Have fun!

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

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