Video lesson 2

Lynn Gallacher, British Council

Topic: Documentary programmes

To provide information relevant to interests of students for use in post -video work
To present/reinforce language
To give learners an opportunity to use language from video

Age: 11 - 14 year olds

Level: Intermediate

This is the age when children are very interested in finding out about topics such as space, ancient history and dinosaurs.

Materials: Video - Any short factual programme or extract from one. There are lots on CBBC - Take a look at What's on? (I used the very beginning of the TV series Walking with Dinosaurs.)


  • Learners do True/ False quiz on topic
  • Learners have 3 minutes to write down words they know in English on topic.
  • Learners watch video and check answers to quiz.
  • Identify a language point from the video: - numbers, past tenses, comparatives. Ask learners to note down any they hear.
  • Learners make posters on topic.
  • Learners do project work on topic using magazines/internet
  • Learners do further work on language point introduced.