By Stephen Wilmarth on Silvia Tolisano's blog, Langwitches.
Wilmarth describes (and provides ample video samples of) a very rich project in which students at his middle school in Wuhan China exchange videos with an all-girls Catholic high school in Liverpool, Australia.
The basic idea of the project is that students at one school create a video with images and audio and prepare to send it to their partner school. Before doing so, however, the audio track is stripped out. Then the students at the receiving school create their own audio track. Then students are asked to analyze both versions of the films for cultural, language, and creative differences and similarities.
As Wilmarth describes the project further, "I’m interested in finding “evidence” of learning. How does making a movie, including storyboarding, scripting, filming, directing, and producing help to improve language and communication skills? Is there evidence here that language teaching objectives are being met?"
This is a great project and the videos Wilmarth provides are wonderful resources to be considered from numerous perspectives. While the project was designed originally as an ESL project, certainly native speakers can benefit significantly from the analytical and communcation skills the exchanges incorporate. -JL