Sunday, 12 April 2009

Adding subtitles to videos

Overstream is a free tool that allows you to add subtitles to online videos. It only takes a few seconds to upload the video of your choice. Adding the subtitles is quite straightforward as well. You only need to get the hang of the timing. Anyway, the step by step tutorials on the page are very clear and easy to follow. When you are done, you can get the url or the embed code.

Since students in general like working with videos, I think this tool offers a lot of potential for the language classroom. For example:
  • giving background information about a particular artist. My experiment:

  • describing feelings
  • telling the story behind the lyrics and the images of a music video
  • preparing vocabulary quizzes based on the lyrics/images, etc.

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