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Book of the month - January 2015

Language Learning with Digital Video

Ben Goldstein and Paul Driver, Cambridge University Press;

978-1-1076-3464-0

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Part one of this exciting new resource book looks at video exploitation, part two at video creation. The introduction explains some key terms, such as mashups and remixing. Part one provides teaching ideas for using a wide variety of digital videos, including film trailers, adverts and music videos. Part two organises activities into four levels of difficulty, depending on the amount of technical know-how required and the amount of creative challenge involved. The authors include a useful bank of technical tips and a good list of video sources. This highly practical 206-page book is full of inventive ideas. In one task students produce a deliberately bad remake of a famous film; in another they use editing skills to re-order a shuffled video clip. Highly recommended.