“What is a Moment?” Activities for the video

I have mentioned the site EFL Classroom 2.0 many times in this blog, and I have adapted several of the activities from that site to use in my own Spanish classes. One of my favorite videos, “What is a Moment?”, I discovered on that site. While the video begins with some minimal English, it quickly becomes just images….but amazing images of ordinary life.  There are so many things that a language class could do with this video.

One of the activities suggested is to simply play the video and pause at specific, pre-selected moments.  Ask students to respond, either orally or in writing, to questions in whatever tense you may be targeting.  ¿Qué hacen?  ¿Qué están haciendo? ¿Qué hicieron? ¿Qué hacían?  ¿Qué harán?  Or you could simply ask for infinitives associated with the images.  It also is a great video for working with the present progressive.

Another suggested activity is to select a scene and use the 5 question words to have students respond in writing or speaking.  ¿Quién? ¿Qué? ¿Dónde? ¿Cuándo? ¿Por qué? This could even become a small group activity, with each member of the group responsible for providing the answer to one question. The activity could be extended with individual students, or a small group, writing a full description in story format of the selected image.

I’ve written about the game Last One Standing before (that I also took from EFL Classroom 2.0 and adapted).  That activity could also be used with this video if you gave the students the choice of one of these words:  hombre, mujer, viejo/anciano, niño/niña, amor, jugando  The student would stand with the selected word in response to the images and the last one standing at the end would be the “winner”.

There is another activity that could be done, using “moment” cards.  Give each student a different moment, and have them stand up with the appropriate image.  Or you could have that student responsible for describing that particular image (using the question words, if desired).  Some “moments” among the many in the videos

  • tocando la guitarra
  • niños jugando
  • vistiéndose
  • la abuela comiendo
  • tirándose al agua
  • leyendo un libro
  • cocinando un huevo
  • dando patatas
  • fumando
  • enseñando
  • haciendo la cama
  • pescando

In a more advanced class perhaps there could be a discussion of cultural perceptions.  Where did this video come from?  How would it be different in a Spanish speaking country?  I also love the idea that one reader gave of having each student make their own video montage of their moments, with description.

What else would you do with this video?

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