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University of Portsmouth
School of Languages and Area Studies
English Language and Linguistics

Creative Activities for the Language Classroom: Evaluation sheet

Student I/D : 511261

Type of activity or material: Video Fill that video gap

Source: Stempleski, S. and Tomalin, B. (1990). Video in Action. London: Prentice


Language Aims: a) to allow students to use functional language, for example:

- Language for giving opinion/suggestion (I think, wouldnt it
be better if)
b) to allow students to practise the use of sequence connectors
in speaking and writing. (next, afterwards, finally)

Level of students: intermediate to above

Resources needed: video, video player, projector

Type of students for whom this would be suitable:

This activity is suitable for a wide range of learners. However it might be most
appealing to young adult learners as this group of learners are easily motivated by
visual and kinaesthetic activities.

Non-linguistic benefits: Promotes teamwork and collaborative learning

Promotes creative and critical thinking


Limitations: - Students might already watched the video (movie) hence the
activity would be pointless as students already know the plot.
- Vocabulary constraint: difficulties to understand certain

Possible cultural constraints: - depending on the content of the video students

might not understand certain cultural reference

Modifications necessary: Students to carry out activity in pairs instead of groups in

order to ensure student participation during discussion.

Overall evaluation of activitys potential usefulness for your specified group

(This is the section which should be most detailed and which carries most of
the marks)

This activity is very interesting as it allows students to use most of their

language skills. It helps the students in practising their listening, speaking and writing
skills. The use of video in this activity serves as springboard/stimuli for the
discussion and writing activity. Selecting an appropriate video where the language is
suitable for the language level of learners is important as it provides meaningful input
for the learners. The discussion and writing allows students to deliver meaningful
output that could assist their language learning.

The video could be used in many ways for this activity. For example, the
teacher could opt to show only the beginning of the video and ask students to come
up with the rest of the story. This is however more suitable for advance level student.
Another option is by showing students a movie trailer and asks them to discuss the
possible plot for the movie.

This activity could be carried out towards the end of a lesson or at the
beginning of a lesson. If the lesson is carry out at the end of a lesson, the writing
activity could serve as individual homework where the end product of lesson could
be seen and assessed. On the other hand, if this activity is carried out at the
beginning of a lesson, I would emphasis more on the students speaking skills. More


time could be dedicated to the discussion and presentation. There might also be a
question and answer session where students discuss the plot/storyline that they
come out with and question its relevance. The presentation and Q&A session would
also help the students listening skills.

This activity reflects greatly on the importance of comprehensible output and

input. It allows students to produce the language and also provide authentic listening
material where students could listen to intonation of different emotional expression
and words (depending on the video selected).

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Krashen, S. (1982) Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition. New

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