Teaching English as a second language can be demanding and challenging for ESL teachers, even experienced ones. As their classes comprise of students with varying English levels — some may not even speak a word of English — it’s hard to help everyone learn on the same footing. One of the more effective teaching methods, in this case, would be learning by doing. It would allow students to better relate to what’s being taught. And this is where ESL teachers would find IPEVO document cameras handy — with their high image quality and versatile design. So let’s check out the two most common ways in which IPEVO document cameras can play a part in ESL classes:
1. Displaying materials for learning together
What better way to engage your students than keeping them on the same page — literally — by displaying your teaching materials onto a big screen/projector using an IPEVO document camera that allows them to see right from their seats. Be it a short story, poem, news article, song lyrics or instructions for an activity, start by placing the text under the document camera (hooked to a computer or projector). Then, read through it word by word with your students. You can listen to their pronunciation as they follow along and correct them as necessary. Or, if you are teaching an intermediate class, you can first analyze the text together with your students by highlighting and explaining important parts of the text. Then, you can encourage them to speak out by holding group discussions.
2. Recording videos for classes
Make learning fun by letting students create their learning content. You can do so by assigning a topic for them to work on, such as doing a self-introduction, creating a fiction story or explaining a natural phenomenon, and challenge them to make a short video out of it. During the process, you can assist them in researching, scriptwriting, and even line rehearsals before the actual recording starts. Then, pass them an IPEVO document camera to do the recording. With a swiveling camera head and multi-jointed stand, students can position the document camera at various heights, orientations, and angles for capturing different shots. Be ready to be amazed by their creativity!
But what if your students are located overseas? Fret not. You can teach remotely using IPEVO document cameras and a video conferencing software of your choice. As all IPEVO document cameras are standard UVC cameras, they are compatible with any video conferencing software that can read the video source coming from a UVC camera, such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. And with the versatility of IPEVO document cameras, you can easily switch from a webcam view of yourself explaining a word/phrase to a document camera view of your teaching materials.
So whether you’re a new or an experienced ESL teacher, there’s bound to be a way in which IPEVO document cameras can help in your teaching. Go grab one now and give it a try!