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Reasons for using YouTube in the language classroom including practical usage examples

Abstract

Recent statistical data regarding YouTube reveals two important factors that may be utilized by language teachers. This paper initially outlines several theoretical considerations for the use of video in such contexts before developing an argument regarding the value of this data and appeal of YouTube in language learning contexts. Following this, the paper gives an overview of the exploitable statistical data on YouTube, which is presented with a focus on the possible motivational, affective and cognitive influences implied. Subsequently, the second half of the paper is dedicated to introducing practical YouTube-based activities that teachers may use or modify to suit their individual teaching contexts.

Citation

York, J. (2011). Reasons for using YouTube in the language classroom including practical usage examples. The JALT CALL Journal, 7(2), 207-215.