Juan Pino-Silva (PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington) is Associate Professor of English as a Second/Foreign Language and Linguistics at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.
The Video-Based Short Comment Writing Task
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2007 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 320–329, May 2007
How to Cite
Pino-Silva, J. (2007), The Video-Based Short Comment Writing Task. Foreign Language Annals, 40: 320–329. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2007.tb03204.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
- critical thinking;
- listening-to-write tasks;
- reading-to-write tasks;
- skills integration
Composing from sources may no longer be the exclusive domain of reading-to-write activities. The ever-increasing presence of video technology and broadcasting in academic settings could place listening-to-write tasks on a similar footing. This article describes a listening-to-write task, the video-based short comment, which (1) uses video as linguistic input, (2) honors the current upsurge of skills integration, and (3) draws on a particular view of critical thinking. The teaching context, procedure, material design, guidelines for teachers, video-based short comment samples, and student strategies round up the task description. The article aims at making a good case for the task by noting its promises and limitations and includes a preliminary research agenda.