Interactive Videos for Language Teaching

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The workshop is scheduled for 07 October 2021 at 09:00 Central European Summer Time. Full program >>

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Daria Zhukova

ITMO University, Russia


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This workshop aims at helping participants to see how to effectively use interactive videos in their language teaching to strengthen their lesson plans. The workshop focuses on the use of programs such as EdPuzzle, Vizia, and others. It will include practical activities to help familiarize participants with the features of the relevant programs, and the differences between them. Participants will also have the chance to express their ideas, and exchange experience, related to the benefits and limitations of this tool in their teaching.

Learning Objectives

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The participants will:

  • evaluate the benefits of using interactive videos in a language classroom
  • investigate the tools available for creating interactive videos
  • create their own interactive video
  • learn how to integrate interactive videos into existing learning management systems

Theoretical Background

There is no one all-encompassing definition for the term “interactive video” (Kolås, 2015). Videos are in themselves already interactive simply because you can pause, rewind and fastforward (Benkada & Moccozet, 2017). Some possible definitions include: “a video where you work while watching the video”, “a video where the user participates” and “a video where the viewer is active when it comes to what happens next” (Kolås, 2015). Unlike some other tools, which might need to be introduced to students specifically for language learning, videos are an integral part of their lives already. According to Benkada & Moccozet (2017), “40% of Millennials use YouTube at least once a day, to be entertained, to connect with others, but also to learn”.

Interactive videos are used in language learning as a complementary tool to increase students’ engagement, offer opportunities for self-study in blended or remote learning, help develop students’ self-regulation and improve listening and comprehension skills (Delen 2014). There are many benefits to using videos in a foreign language training setting, namely its capacity to enhance student’s interest and make learning more pleasant for them. (Bajrami & Ismaili, 2016).  Interactive videos where questions pop up during the video have been shown to have a positive effect on students’ grades long-term, with the short-term effect dependent on the timing of questions during the video (Wachtler et. al, 2016).


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Wachtler, J., Hubmann, M., Zöhrer, H., & Ebner, M. (2016). An analysis of the use and effect of questions in interactive learning-videos. Smart Learning Environments, 3(1), 1-16. DOI: 10.1186/s40561-016-0033-3

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