Video activities

Here you will find a collection of video activities – they consist of 2-3 minute videos followed by the script and some comprehension check questions. They are designed for students and teachers alike; you can use them in class or students can use them for private study.

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Lesson title Description Date published
Indonesia forest fire smoke chokes Singapore

Level: Intermediate. Prepared by Miriam, a recent TEFL course graduate. A short news clip describing the recent problems in Singapore

June 28, 2013
A one-way ticket to Mars

Level: Intermediate. To discuss the recent news of a planned one-way trip to Mars for humans

June 12, 2013
Outrageous Photography

Level: Intermediate. This short clip will surely provoke some conversation and mixed opinions from your students!

June 4, 2013
Hurricane Sandy hits Cuba after Haiti and Barbados

Level: Intermediate. Made my Giselle. A news report describing the effects of hurricane Sandy. Some tricky vocabulary but with a nice, slow, clear delivery.

December 5, 2012
4 year old girl’s family sued over pink playhouse

Level: Intermediate. Made by Stephanie. A news report discussing the absurdity of suing over a pink playhouse

November 16, 2012
Property problems in the south of Spain

Level: Intermediate. Made by Patricia, a recent graduate. Short video followed by a discussion of the property market and the experience of expats in the south of Spain.

July 9, 2012
School pupil forges note with highlighter and gets off school

Level: Intermediate. Courtesy of one of our TEFL students! A recent news clip explaining how a 5 year old was able to dismiss himself from school by writing his own note.

June 30, 2012
Disney to help Scottish tourism

Level: Advanced. Slightly longer video than usual but with lots of interesting vocabulary, followed by a discussion on Disney and the tourism industry.

June 30, 2012
London Olympics: Siege City

Level: Advanced. Unbelievable news about the level of security that is going to be present at the 2012 London Olympics. Controversial, guaranteed conversation starter in class!

May 2, 2012
Life Inside Prison

Level: Intermediate. A clip taken from Louis Theroux’s documentary on Miami’s mega prison. Followed by discussion questions on prisons and the lives of prisoners.

April 14, 2012
Wal-Mart: The high cost of low price

Level: Intermediate / Business. The trailer from a documentary about Wal-mart, explaining the knock-on effects such low prices have. Followed by discussion questions.

March 27, 2012
Avoid supermarket rip-offs

Level: upper-intermediate. A video highlighting all the common tricks supermarkets use to make you spend more time and money in the shop. It should spark a decent discussion in the classroom!

March 19, 2012
Louis Theroux on female bodybuilders

Level: Intermediate. A short clip taken from Louis Theroux’s documentary about body building. This focuses on the female part and leads into a more general discussion about beauty.

March 12, 2012
How to buy a house

Level: Advanced. Video taken from Some easy-intermediate language delivered in a very fast-speaking, strong American accent. Good luck!

March 4, 2012
Spain wins battle for shipwreck treasure

Level: Upper-Intermediate. A news clip explaining the recent result of the legal battle for the shipwreck treasure and what is going to happen to it.

February 26, 2012
Swedish Man Survives

Level: Intermediate. A short news clip explaining how a Swedish man got trapped in his car for 2 months, followed by comprehension and discussion questions.

February 21, 2012
Travel Safety Tips

Level: Intermediate. A video clip of a man explaining how to stay safe when travelling abroad. Excellent for discussing with your students.

February 21, 2012
ETA Ceasefire

Level: Advanced. A short news clip discussing the recent ETA ceasefire in Spain

February 21, 2012
Shawshank Redemption “Cadena Perpetua”

Level: Intermediate. A short clip taken from the film, where Morgan Freeman explains how he has been rehabilitated. A favourite with the students and highlights some American English.

February 21, 2012
How to fit in on your first day at work

Level: Upper-intermediate. A video giving tips on how to fit in on your first day of work. Excellent for discussing in class with adults.

February 21, 2012