Below are four activities that I have created for EFL students using a tool called TokBox. It is a video communication tool which enables both synchronous video conferencing and asynchronous video communication through video emails. The activities were created using the asynchronous mode.
- In what context could you use these tasks?
1. Classroom 2. Self-access lab 3. Homework task
- What benefits, if any, are there to using video for these tasks?
- How would you follow up these tasks?
- Dictation Exercise
This activity is a dictation. Students watch and listen to the video and try to write down what they hear. They then record their own version of the text and send it back to the tutor. Because of the mix of video and text on the tool being used (TokBox) it is possible to also get the students to write their text in the emailed video message too.
- Collaborative story telling
In this activity students receive the first line of a story from the tutor. They then have to record the line of the story themselves and add the next line of the story and either send it back to their tutor or on to the next students who listens and continues with the next line and so on.
- Describing an object
This is an example of an activity. It shows the tutor describing an object ans trying to sell it to the students. The students watch the video and then create their own video using any object which they describe and try to sell.
- Vocabulary record
This video shows an example entry from a video dictionary. The students should watch the video and then create their own entries for new words they are learning. This activity was created using an alternative free tool called 12 Seconds TV. You can find teaching suggestions for 12 seconds TV here.
Here is a quick video showing you How TokBox Works