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Do you like to use videos in your classes, but have a difficult time finding the one on YouTube that is at the right level for your students? Then search no more! Just use English central.

Keep on reading to find out more about this valuable teaching resource.

English Central: YouTube for English Teaching!

Kids as well as adults love videos and they make excellent language teaching tools. The only problem is that many of the videos on YouTube are too difficult, especially for beginners.

However, there is a good option! English Central.  You can search by level and find just about anything you could possibly want. Keep reading for how I use English Central in my own ESL classes in South Korea.

A Listening and Speaking Activity

Skills: Listening/ Speaking
Time: 10-15 minutes
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Materials Required: Internet connection

English Central is YouTube for language learners. There is premium content and functionality, but you can enjoy many features for free. YouTube has subtitles on some videos, but English Central takes it to the next level. The videos have been curated and organized by level, topic, and/ or language skill and each video is segmented for easy replay of a chunk of speech. Students can also click on a single word to hear it pronounced slowly and clearly.

One activity you can use English Central for is pronunciation. Have your student listen to a clip and repeat. The videos for young learners are fairly simple, with slow, and clear speech. You can pause after each phrase or sentence and repeat as needed.

Begin by playing the entire clip from ELS Englishcentral once or twice. Then, replay the clip bit by bit for the student to repeat. Each clip is a short story, so you can also watch and discuss and/or summarize a clip as a 120-90-60 fluency activity.

Procedure for Using English Central Videos:

  1. Make sure you will have an internet connection during your class.
  2. Select a video in advance or let your student choose one. There are “courses” which are sets of related videos, which you can work through in a series.
  3. Play the entire clip once or twice.
  4. Play one segment (sentence or phrase) at a time and have the student repeat, trying to copy the pronunciation.
  5. End by watching the entire clip one more time and discussing and/ or summarizing.

Like this ESL Speaking and Listening Activity?


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Office Vocabulary Practice with English Central

Check out this short example video of what you can find on EnglishCentral:

Are there Any YouTube ESL Lessons that You Recommend?

Okay, so if you’ve checked out English Central but didn’t really find something that you liked, Are there YouTube ESL channels that are particularly good?

As a teacher, you can check out videos made for teachers by teachers. However, if you want to use a video in class to show your students, then your best bet will be videos made for English language learners. You should be able to find on any topic, grammar point or vocabulary set.

Here are some of my top picks for YouTube ESL Lessons.

Have your Say about English Central

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