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3 More Amazing Videos to Encourage Your Learners!


First of all, a big thanks to everyone who liked and commented on my last post here.  It seemed like many of you enjoyed the three videos I shared, so I thought I would do a follow up post with three more great videos that I have used in class. 



Over the years, I have amassed a nice selection of videos to use in class for various purposes, and as I mentioned in my last post, I am trying to compile these together to share with other busy teachers. In the meantime, if you have any videos you use in class, please feel free to share. I will add them to the list and make sure I mention you for sharing.



Anyway, here are three more videos to inspire and encourage your learners. Once again, they all have a different message, but they all resonated with my students, so I hope you find them useful. I also hope it saves you time searching through the mass of media that is available these days!



How to Sound Smart When You Feel Dumb: “The Science of Us”



The first video is about asking for help. I came across this one on Larry Ferlazzo’s site here. If you haven’t already looked at this site, you should definitely take a look. It is a great website with so many amazing resources.


How I have used this in class

This video presents some scientific research to show how asking for advice might actually make people seem smarter to others. In my context, learners are often reluctant to ask questions, especially at the start of the semester when they don’t know me or their classmates. I therefore usually play this in the first couple weeks. I usually begin with the students discussing with each other approaching the teacher or asking the teacher a question makes them feel. We then watch the video and have a follow-up discussion on the same topic. I then have the class work in groups to brainstorm questions about the class. We then do a practice run of asking questions to the teacher. Many of the students said this practice has helped boost their confidence and made them more willing to try asking more questions in the future. This is a great video, but it is a little fast. You may need to play it several times for lower level learners.






The second video I have chosen is one with a really powerful message. I’m not going to say much about this video because I think you should watch it. He is a truly amazing guy.


How I have used this in class

This is a very emotional video, so it took me a lot of time to figure out how best to utilize his message. I decided that I would try to focus on self-confidence. Before showing the video, I set up a discussion about what students thought they could do well in class and what they thought their limitations were. After watching the video, the students discussed how they thought they could overcome their limitations. A few of my learners were close to tears after watching this, and it sparked some really positive discussions after. I hope you and your class like it.



Are Londoners Horrible? (the kindness experiment)



The final video I’m sharing is a social experiment set in my home country. It brought a smile to my face when I watched it, so I thought it would be a good video to spread positivity and to talk about stereotypes.


How I have used this in class

I decided to focus on stereotypes when I used this video. The discussion prior to watching it was about what stereotypes are most common for different nationalities and what impressions the class had about British people. After watching the video, I had the students go out of class and make their own video using their smartphones. They made groups, and planned a short video to show a stereotype from their culture. They had a lot of fun planning and making the videos, and when they got back into class, they shared their videos with other groups and explained the purpose of their video.



I hope you liked these videos. If you use them in class, please feel free to share how it goes. Also, if you have any videos that you use in class, please share. I would love to hear from you.

Neil Millington

Neil Millington

Neil Millington has taught English as a foreign language in Japan for over 12 years. He has taught a wide range of age levels from pre-kindergarten students to adults. He is currently teaching at the tertiary level. He earned his BA at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and his MA in TESOL at Lancaster University, England. Currently, Neil is working on his PhD in language learning motivation also at Lancaster University. Neil is also the co-founder of, an English reading website with hundreds of free lessons for teachers and learners.
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