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TeachVid is an online platform for language educators to access and create interactive language learning content based on YouTube videos.

TeachVid allows users to create and access interactive resources in many languages based on YouTube videos. Each resource includes bilingual subtitles plus a video transcript and translation. Students use a combination of listening, reading and translation skills to complete the multiple interactive activities as they watch and learn. Activities are automatically generated based on the transcript.


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Teach any video with TeachVid

TeachVid is a video-based platform for teaching and learning foreign languages. It turns YouTube videos into interactive games and activities, getting students to engage with the language content of the videos in a way which will help to improve their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in the foreign language that they are studying. 

Many students regularly watch short videos on platforms such as YouTube for entertainment, and we all know that videos can be a powerful motivator if used appropriately. Listening to videos in a foreign language can be a great way of acquiring new language, practising listening skills and enjoying that interaction with a foreign language culture, via, for example: news reports, extracts from films or TV programmes, TV ads, songs, poems, vlogs, videos from channels about science, technology, politics, current affairs, etc. 

Too often, however, the level of the language used in a video or the speed at which it is spoken make it very difficult for learners to engage with the content, primarily because it is too difficult to understand.

So how can we make video content more comprehensible?

The most obvious answer is subtitles. Subtitles in the language of the video may help learners to decipher the words being spoken in the foreign language, but they don't necessarily help them to understand the message. Similarly, subtitles in the learner's mother tongue may help them to understand the message of what is being said, but they don't necessarily help them to decipher the words being spoken.

We feel that TeachVid offers the best of both worlds. Our resources include captions in both the language of the video and the learner's mother tongue, so that understanding is crystal clear. TeachVid's interactive foreign language activities are directly linked to video playback, with each activity broken down into mini-tasks, each linked to a specific caption, and each supported by a full mother tongue translation of the transcript, with the relevant section highlighted.

By its very nature, TeachVid builds in repetition. Repeated exposure to the same language content in slightly different contexts, the reconstruction tasks based on this content, and the availability of a native language version of the same text for reference, really help to promote "noticing", i.e. the realisation in the student that a certain structure in one language is expressed in a particular way in the other language. And the more often this happens with a particular structure, the more likely it is that this structure will be acquired by the student and will become part of their productive language.

Read more about the pedagogy and methodology underpinning TeachVid here.

TeachVid builds on many ideas developed by the textivate platform, which has been around since 2012.


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โ€œActivity modeโ€ in TeachVid
Check out ACTIVITY MODE in TeachVid: https://teachvid.blog/2019/06/19/activity-mode-in-teachvid/ How TeachVid builds in repetition and develops listening and other language skills via video-linked mini-tasks ๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿ˜Ž
โ€œLearn modeโ€ in TeachVid
TeachVid's unique video tools allow students to watch ๐Ÿ“บ and learn โœ… a foreign language ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, with access to bilingual subtitles, a full transcript and a full translation, with auto-pause features and clickable captions broken down into chunks and reproduced using text-to-speech ๐Ÿ’ฌ. This blog post tells you all about it ๐Ÿ™‚ https://teachvid.blog/2019/04/21/learn-mode-in-teachvid/
How can I use a TeachVid resource with my students?
๐ŸŽฌ This post looks at 5 different routes to exploit a TeachVid resource with your students ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ“ For each of the methods discussed, the post considers factors such as: ideal use scenarios; how to access; availability (i.e. with or without subscription); student and teacher feedback. ๐Ÿ‘ Remember to LIKE our page to see mores user guides and FREE resources from TeachVid ๐Ÿ˜Šhttps://teachvid.blog/2019/09/27/how-can-i-use-a-teachvid-resource-with-my-students/
User guides
โ„น๏ธ Check out the TeachVid user guides for all you need to know about... ๐Ÿ‘ฅ Getting students signed up โš™๏ธ Creating resources ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿซ Classrooms ๐Ÿ“‹ Setting assignments ๐Ÿ”— Sharing resources ...and lots more ๐Ÿ™‚ https://teachvid.blog/user-guides/

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