Do you Diigo? To be honest, I signed up but never used the online social-bookmarking tool. Fortunately, TESOL’s Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interest Section has been busy bookmarking some great online resources. Dr. Elizabeth Hanson-Smith shared the Diigo CALL IS Virtual Software List on the TESOL CALL Community: http://www.diigo.com/user/call_is_vsl. This list contains tons of resources on various teaching topics! However, this post focuses only on the teacher-training videos.
Here are some of Dr. Hanson’s recommendation for teacher-training videos:
1. Bridge TEFL Videos Teach English:
A teacher training site with videos on how to work in a classroom. You have to register to login but can view three videos without registering. Check out: “Breaking Bad Teaching Habits.” http://www.teflvideos.com/
2. Teacher Training Presentations – School of TEFL
These free videos generally show teachers at work in the classroom, leading
games and activities, teaching vocabulary and grammar, assessing speech,
co-teaching, etc. These would be very useful for the teacher-in-training or
for the old dog who would like to see some new tricks. http://teachers.schooloftefl.com
3. Dr. Hanson’s personal favorite: From Good to Outstanding | Teachers TV
These wonderful videos take you from initial lessons to interviews with teachers and students to advice by the expert, and a view of how those lessons are put to use in the classrom. Amazingly good teacher training in 26 videos. www.teachers.tv
4. TeacherTube Professional Development Videos
Like most items at TeacherTube, these videos are uneven in content and production values, but contain several real gems. You have to register/sign in.
5. BBC audio programs:
For teachers – Radio programmes: Innovations in Teaching
6. Arts Impact Teacher Training Video
“See the Arts Impact program in action as teachers participate in the summer
institute and teach the arts in their classrooms. Hear comments from
participating teachers and artist mentors.” This is a very nice teacher training video if you are using drama and/or art in the classroom. Great ideas. www.arts-impact.org
7. YouTube – Shaping the Way We Teach English: Introduction
This is a teacher training series funded by the U.S. government titled, “Shaping the Way We Teach English, Successful Practices Around the World.” These introductory materials
are designed for English as a foreign language educators. Professionally produced but excellent ideas can be applied in many circumstances.