Videos as a Learning Tool
Top Four Ways Videos Can be Used in Teaching English
Why are teachers using videos in class? Are they being lazy?
There has been increasing concern over the use of videos with children and the effects on their learning and development. Mindlessly watching videos on end and using them as a source of distraction for our children can be harmful. However, are all videos bad? How can watching videos become a positive learning experience?
Let’s take a look at how videos can be good learning tools for language development, and how parents and educators can make use of these videos to scaffold their child’s learning.
Videos and Language Development
In addition, context is also important in understanding vocabulary. The visuals and audio provided by videos help us to understand words easily without the need for further explanation, as opposed to learning by definition from a dictionary. Seeing a word used in context not only helps students to understand the word and remember it, but they are also more likely to use it appropriately when they encounter similar situations in the future.
3. Knowledge and Ideas
Knowledge of the world is also an important factor in reading comprehension, especially as readers start reading more complex texts. According to a study done by Schneider, Korkel and Weinert in 1989, readers with high ‘expert’ knowledge of a topic remembered more of a text on the same subject than ‘novices’. Prior knowledge also allows for a better understanding of the text, which then enables students to use this information better.
So next time, don’t be so quick to pry your child away from the screen. Why not sit down and watch some videos together?
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