Backdoor – a great teaching technique

Mr. Bean works well with this technique.

Get some great Mr. Bean videos here or here.

Backdoor is a technique where in pairs students sit back to back. One student watches the screen and describes the action. The teacher can write vocab. on the board to prompt student talk. Continue for a few minutes then pause the video and the pairs switch positions.

Continue and then watch the end of the video together, describing without the sound.

This works well with 3-7 min videos and more so if they are funny!

I use Mr. Bean and get them all in this great Mr. Bean player.

For more ideas about using short videos, see my recent blog post. Lots there…

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