NBC Learn Subscriber Spotlight K-12: NBC Learn Helps ELL Students “Keen to Improve Their English”
The Laude El Altillo School in Cadiz, Spain subscribed to NBC Learn just two months ago – but already, teachers are integrating NBC Learn resources into the school’s trilingual learning programs (Spanish, English and French), says 6th grade teacher Nuala Dowling.
Dowling, who teaches in English, says the videos in the NBC Learn collections are of great value to students learning or perfecting their English. Dowling often plays videos with Closed Captioning, “to underscore students’ understanding of English syntax and vocabulary.” And she makes frequent use of the Transcript and Print features on each CueCard, which allow her to distribute the written text of a story. “A transcript helps students follow the dialogue,” she says.
Watching NBC Learn videos can improve English pronunciation as well, by hearing English spoken by NBC News anchors and correspondents, and by the range of English-speaking people interviewed on camera. Two favorite videos: Whot'd Ya Sigh Mite? English Spoken by English (Air Date 03/07/1983), and Lost in Translation (Air Date 07/23/2012). “That was very useful in showing how diverse the English language is within the UK, and it gave examples of the regional accents for American tourists,” says Dowling. “Many of my students are keen to improve their English, and want to get used to American accents.”
Yet the primary value of NBC Learn is the content of the archival, original and Current Events videos – especially in the school’s Cooperative Learning program, in which students work in groups to research selected topics. Dowling’s students recently studied Inventions of the 20th Century. “We used the database to look at the Wright brother’s first flight and information about them,” says Dowling (Wright Brothers Build First Airplane). “And the students really liked the 3D Printer story in the “Science of Innovation” collection. The NBC Learn videos allow the students to look at how inventions were viewed in the past by society, at that moment in time.”