Christmas is nearly upon us, and many teachers like to show Christmas videos and cartoons as a fun way to round out the term. Students usually enjoy watching movies and such, but attention can flag and minds tend to wander, especially when watching or listening to foreign language media. For longer listening exercises and especially videos, assigning a specific task helps students to focus and improves overall comprehension. To that end, I have prepared a listening task worksheet to use with videos.
The worksheet is divided into four sections. The first section, indicated by the exclamation point, is where I ask students to note things they clearly understood from the video. In the second section, indicated by the question mark, students note things they didn’t understand but would like to know more about. The third section, indicated by the smiley face, is for things they found particularly amusing or that they enjoyed. The stars along the bottom are for counting tasks, counting the occurrences of a specific word or phrase for example.
I am currently using this worksheet along with the Charlie Brown Christmas video in my elementary school classes to good effect. It’s fun for the teachers as well!