Video-editing as a language-learning activity

VideoNow it is possible to edit videos ‘in the cloud’, doing a mashup of different videos on the Internet, uploading your own, and cutting the scenes we don’t need in those. Jaycut ( used to do that, but it has been bought by RIM (the Blackberry guys) and its future is uncertain.

New tools are coming, with an edge. We Video ( is a collaborative online video creation tool. In the video editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes We Video stand out is the fact that it can be used collaboratively if you invite other people to create and edit with you. The free plan allows you to upload your videos to YouTube but does not allow local downloads, which is usually fine for our purposes.

Why not use this tool in our lessons as an task-based project, for students to do?

Some ideas:
– group research on a certain topic, with aim towards a class presentation
– my round-the-world trip, a mashup video with student voice-over
– scene/short-film dubbing with a made-up script, or even creating your own film from assorted cuts à la Kung Pow!
– vocabulary research on a topic (e.g., the weather, emotions, etc.), with captions
– creating a (music/cooking/places, etc.) video-quiz for the rest of the class to do as an activity (and let them take the centre of stage)
– A day in the life of…, a mockumentary on a celebrity with a voice-over

Any more ideas on how to use this tool for an ESL activity?


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