An Introduction to Our Videos

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Videos are the bread-and-butter of Insights to English.  Our videos feature sleek yet simple animation with a conversational voice-over and are under 10 minutes long.  Each video covers one topic or methodology, and related videos are linked together in a series.

The topics are based on ones in English course books.  We're not creating a new curriculum, but rather working within the standard ones you as teachers are likely already using.  Scroll down to see the topics we've covered so far.

Videos that come in a series typically build off one another, so how much of a series you watch depends upon your students' level.  For example, if your students are at an elementary level, you might just want to watch the first video or two in a series; on the other hand, if your students are more advanced, you might want to watch the entire series.  (Although the earlier videos in a series might be easy for advanced students, we still recommend watching the full series in order since - as mentioned - the videos often build off each other.  Plus, it doesn't hurt to have a nice review.)

The purpose of the videos is for teachers to watch them, learn from the insights they reveal, then teach those same insights to their students.  That said, the videos were designed such that students could follow along if you choose to show them the videos directly.  The choice is ultimately yours.

 

Before You Watch, ...

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You may want to read the descriptions on the series page for that video.  You'll learn what to expect from each video, as well as what your students should already know before learning the methods taught in that video.  Make sure you review those things before diving into something new.

The descriptions will also tell you the approximate language level.  Since topics may vary in levels from one publisher to the next, we're not that specific.  We designate three levels: ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED.  If your class falls in the middle somewhere, use your own discretion.

 
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Video Series

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Tenses

simple, continuous, and perfect

Passive

when the result is more important than the cause

Indirect Speech

includes reported speech and polite questions

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ESL Basics

grammar fundamentals; not just for beginners

Unreal Mood

conditionals, wishes, and regrets

Question Forms

the various interrogative structures

Verbals

infinitives, gerunds, & participles

Complex Sentences

combining clauses together

 
 

You may have noticed...

Unfinished Series

Our work is never done.  There are plenty more videos we plan to make for each series, and we even have some entire new series in mind.  We'll upload new videos regularly.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified as soon as new content is made available.


'V3'

Most students have difficulty remembering what "Past Participle" means, even though they use it all the time.  So we call it Verb 3 or V3 (whereas V1 is the present form and V2 is the past simple form).


Focus on Usage

Form and pronunciation are important, but they tend to be more straightforward than usage.  We mostly provide methods on presenting usage and let the teachers decide for themselves how to present form and pronunciation.


Subtitles

We've taken the script for each of our videos and included them as subtitles on the corresponding YouTube video.  If you're showing the videos to students, it may be helpful to turn the subtitles on.

Colored Text

Our videos feature selective colored text.  Colors stand out and help students know what to pay attention to.  We're rather consistent with our color choices so that students learn to expect certain things from certain colors.  We recommend using this same technique yourself.  Read our article to learn more.


Working in Phrases

Most of the time when we say 'noun', we actually mean 'noun phrase', which typically includes determiners (like articles, possessives, and quantifiers) and sometimes adjectives.  We often do the same with verb strings; auxiliary verbs, 'not', and sometimes adverbs are included when we say 'verb'.

Within the framework of a sentence, combining all those individual words into one block is generally helpful, as they act together to serve a single purpose.


American English

We mostly use American English, although most ESL books primarily use British English.  We do this because our founder and lead content creator is American, so it's what comes natural to him.  Just think of this as an excuse to teach your students some of the differences between British English and American English.

 
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Beyond the Videos

Our Insiders enjoy supplementary materials like these!

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Printouts

posters and handouts of cheat-sheets, timelines, lists, and diagrams

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Slideshows

Go through the visuals of our videos at a pace best for your classroom.

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Insider Notes

all the tips and bonus info we couldn't fit into the videos