TeachVid works by focusing on listening micro-skills (decoding, deciphering, parsing etc), dictation (and dictation-like activities), reading, translation (and translation-like activities), and text-reconstruction – simultaneously – whilst helping students to focus on and notice differences and similarities between the structures and vocabulary of their native language and the language that they are in the process of learning.
To find out more about the methodology and pedagogical principles behind TeachVid, check out our methodology page.
TeachVid for teachers
Teachers can create their own resources for any language based on short YouTube videos, using TeachVid's own resource creation tools. Resources can be based on a video-transcript (with optional translation) and / or on a multiple choice quiz.
Teachers can also access and use any of the growing number of public TeachVid resources available on our platform.
Teachers can create classrooms and invite students. In classrooms teachers can assign activities and assessments for their students to complete. Teachers can invite students to join their class via a simple access code and password. All students need to do is register as a free user, then join the classroom using the codes provided by their teacher.
Assignments can consist of resource previews, practice activities and assessments. A passmark can be set for all assignment activities.
Teachers can opt between several view modes for each activity. View modes determine how students must complete an assignment activity: as a dictation, as a translation, as dictation / translation combined, or as a text reconstruction task with no additional support. Once assignments have been completed, Teachers can view and download data regarding activities completed, scores, time taken, etc..
Each TeachVid resource also provides access to printable pdf transcripts, translations (where provided) and a variety of worksheets, many of which are based on similar functionality to the interactive activities.
TeachVid for students
Premium students on TeachVid can access thousands of video resources in multiple languages, with transcripts and translations provided. Resources help students to notice the differences between language structures and vocabulary, and how concepts are expressed in different languages.
TeachVid's interactive activities, which are intrinsically linked to video playback, help students to progress from recognition and understanding of spoken language to a focus on producing correct language themselves via a variety of translation-like text-reconstruction tasks.
Premium students can track and monitor their progress with any of the resources available on TeachVid. (Free student subscribers, on the other hand, only have access to "featured resources" + an additional 10 resources per month.)
All registered student users can join teachers' classrooms, complete assignment activities etc.