David Winet explains his technique of ESL-ifying reviews of video trailers on YouTube

At http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/message/27682 David Winet writes:

I made this clip after watching a video film review with my students and realizing that watching the trailer while listening to the reviewer is much more engaging to the student than just hearing or reading the review.  I “ESL-ified”  the review by speaking slowly, using simple vocabulary, and glossing words and expressions both orally and using Youtube’s annotation feature (which can be turned on or off). Exercises, discussion questions could easily be added.

The technique I used is as follows:

  1. Go to http://www.hd-trailers.net to download a trailer (I was unable to download this POC clip using the more common Youtube download methods — perhaps there was some kind of block on commercial movie trailers)
  2. Convert the downloaded trailer to .avi (if it’s .flv or .mov, etc.).   Use http://www.Pazeera-software.com tools or find your own  free ‘something to .avi converter’ online.
  3. Load the .avi file into Moviemaker version 2.6  (available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=d6ba5972-328e-4df7-8f9d-068fc0f80cfc   )
  4. Click Tools/Narrate Timeline to add your spoken commentary on the voice track (over the video sound track). Prepare some notes so it flows better.
  5. Click Tools/Audio Levels to make the movie soundtrack softer than your voice.
  6. This is key! Save the movie as .avi (Save to my computer)
  7. Upload to Youtube (you’ll need a Youtube account – free)
  8. In Youtube add annotations as desired (see Youtube help for how to do this, it’s not hard)
  9. Get the link and post it on Facebook, Twitter, here, etc.

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