Creative Ways to Use TV in a Classroom

A TV is usually used in many home holds for entrainment. It can be used in a classroom for learning purposes. If you doubt, look at the following ways in which a TV can be used in a classroom.

Entertainment for students

Where would we be without Entertainment? And especially television. Well, just like we get bored with monotonous things, our students do as well. So in order to give them a short break from books, grammar and structures, television programs work a treat. However, teachers shouldn’t use this as an excuse to be lazy: even entertainment lessons, for example, at the end of a course, should contain a worksheet or simple task to go along with it. For instance getting any Vu model for classroom entrainment can be a great gift for your students.

Improve Listening Skills

50 percent of TV involves us listening to it, so why not leave the 15 year old cassette player in the teachers’ room, and bring in a DVD to add a little variety to your class. Even preparation for IELTS and TOEFL classes can benefit from watching an appropriate TV show in class. Teachers simply have to create a worksheet containing questions in the style of TOEFL or IELTS that relate to the content.

Learn About Culture with News

I am a strong believer that classes should not just be about English, but also contain elements of cultural tidbits that the students use if they travel overseas at a later date. One quick and easy way to gain a deep insight into various cultures around the world is through an ordinary nightly news bulletin from any commercial broadcaster. Commercial broadcasters are ideal as they aim to appeal to the masses, maintaining a simple level of language and popular stories.

“Learn English” TV Programs

If you feel that you’re students may be more responsive to a TV than you, simply let the TV do all the work! Well, not really, use it sparingly as a tool to maintain a good mix of variety. While it’s not as interactive as a teacher, it can provide some very good examples. I have found myself trying to explain a point, and later seen it in a “learn English” TV show explained with succinct explanations and easy-to-understand examples. These are a good way to complement what the students learn in class while providing a mix of accents and voices that provide enough variety for the students to practice.

 

 

A Visual Explanation

If a picture tells a thousand words, then obviously a video must tell a whole lot more! Television programs can provide a detailed explanation on topics that can be quite difficult to explain. Some localized sports, such as cricket or curling can be an incredibly difficult for an ESL student to comprehend, which is where visual aids, such as videos, come in amazingly handy.

As a teacher, you will benefit as well. Most TV programs and activities that work well can be re-used over and over as you teach new classes. LED TV Price has really gone low, even a teacher can buy one for classroom lessons.