Arabic science videos - Youtube

Discussion in 'ESL/ELL' started by allen, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. allen

    allen New Member

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    I'm started to make a greater focus on my Arabic ELLs this year. It has been a slooooooww go.

    Originally, I made my regular videos and added annotations with Youtube. It wasn't great but was all I had to work with. BUT now that Google seems to have a better translator I have made science videos with arabic translation. So far only 12 - but they do take a little time

    Seems as though I'm nt allowed to post the information or links. Sorry - I tried to help

    hope some of it helps
     
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  3. vickilyn

    vickilyn Phenom

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    OK, I'll ask - are you translating everything said, or adding subtitles in Arabic? I would think that adding subtitles would be preferable, since the same video could be used with subtitles in other languages fairly easily, such as Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese. Many of the ELLs coming from Brazil, South Korea, and China (and some others I have missed) are at grade level in literacy and content knowledge, so giving them the subtitled videos for home use, along with a great L1 to English dictionary would be a great aid.

    If you translate all of the speaking into Arabic or many other languages instead of subtitles, I fear that you may encounter resistance among admin, some teachers, and parents. People tend to fear what they don't understand. I won't go into the politics of the situation, only choosing to say that you may experience some pushback from others that you hadn't anticipated. I had an Honor's student from the Mideast who was above grade level in science content knowledge, and I was fortunate because our school was 1:1, with every student having internet access through computers, tablets, or cell phones. When I presented a project for one of my graduate ESL courses that targeted this ELL, coming from high SES, with high levels of knowledge and parental expectation, my instructor almost vetoed it, saying that ELLs can't function in Honors or AP classes.

    As far as sharing your creations, keep posting on the forums and soon you will be able to post the link. If you get to that point, feel free to house it in the "Free links and resources" thread. I maintain that thread and new resources are welcome, especially if you have teacher guides/student comprehension work sheets or questions attached.
     
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    I wouldn't translate everything on these videos, since your students are trying t.o learn English. If you say everything in their first language, how is that beneficial? I would add subtitles for important key words / terminology. Videos are great because the students can see everything and the language barrier isn't there as much. Of course with science, it's not quite as easy, but I wouldn't translate the whole thing.
    You could even frontload the some of those words / concepts/ terminology, show it in Arabic, write and say it in English, and even show a picture, or motion of what it is.
     
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    You know, I've always struggled with this. I was a Science Major not an Education major and I have always been more concerned with passing on the content. In my mind I want them to understand the concept whether it be in
    English or otherwise
     
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    Allen, I am a science teacher and an ESL teacher. What Linguist has mentioned is dead on, IMO. Yes, you want to increase the content knowledge, but you are also trying to foster their growth in the English language. Linguist is telling you the right strategies to encourage growth in English while acquiring the necessary content knowledge. I don't know what grade levels we are talking about, but especially in the higher grades, I would suspect that students would be able to access the video at home, where they can start and stop as needed to facilitate understanding and growth in the content terms.
     

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