A really useful tool is Moviemaker. This is available on every computer. Go to programs>accessories>moviemaker.

You can upload pictures and video clips and link these together with captions and then add music or narrate the story. Here’s how Movie Maker works in detail.

The one below is an example of what you can do. The aim of this one was to stimulate discussion among learners who are already members of the workforce. It refers to the situation in the UK and asks students to identify the key information, which they can then compare with their own situation. It’s good for eliciting financial vocabulary as well as language of comparison and contrast. After the classroom discussion I asked the students to write and record their own narrative for the movie.

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Irene didn’t add a narrative herself to this one because she wanted to stimulate the students to develop their own ideas and create their own narrative.

Below we give two examples of narratives. One was recorded by Irene from a text written by a German student about the movie above the second one is narrated by a Hungarian relating to the situation in her own country.

Example One: Student’s narration to the movie above:

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Example Two: The Hungarian situation:

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By adding an appropriate narrative you turn the tool into a listening activity.

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