Using YouTube Videos to Spice Up Language Therapy
by Angela Hannigan
(Corvallis, Oregon, USA)
My activity targets: Wh-questions, multiple meaning words, antonyms, synonyms, categorization, figurative language, vocabulary, retell/sequencing, and identification of key versus irrelevant information.
Goal Example: Student will identify more than one meaning for homographs/multiple-meaning words (e.g. fly, story, call).
The popular Discovery Channel YouTube videos entitled "How It's Made" make wonderful language activities and average only 4-5 minutes each.
The best part is that there are so many to choose from that you and your students will never get bored.
- Begin by reviewing your language goals (see attached lesson plan and photo).
- The first portion of your session may be spent reviewing all the multiple meaning words that they are about to hear, or by providing antonyms/synonyms.
- You can also pre-teach WH-questions (e.g. Tell students to listen for "why they dust doughnuts with corn starch")
- Review new vocabulary before playing the video.
- Talk about categorization terms that will appear in the video.
- Review new phrases, figurative language, or idioms that they will hear (e.g. "that’s how the doughnut was born")
- After watching the 5 minute video students can practice retell and sequencing or discussion points (e.g. "Use adjectives to describe your favorite doughnut").
- For older students teach independent learning skills by practicing identification of "key" information versus "irrelevant" information.
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