Wordless Videos For ESL: Global stories for ESL students and educators
Why do we create wordless videos for ESL (English as a second language) about the lives of real people all over the world? To bring real life into stories for ESL.
To practice inferencing, problem solving, language learning, and social skills. To practice curiosity before judgment. Wonder beyond words.
When we sit down at a meeting or walk into class, there is no voiceover telling us who other people are, what they’re thinking, or what they’re feeling.
We have to wonder. We have to engage.
Yet too often we settle with a judgment — about self, other people, cultures, and ways of life — instead of acting on our curiosity.
This judgment and prejudice starts by age 3, before most kids can even read. Even by 3 months old, we develop biases based on skin color.
Our wordless videos provide kids with meaningful awareness and exposure to unique people, cultures, perspectives, and ways of life.
And because the videos are wordless, kids can engage before learning to speak, read, or write.
Psychology and research shows this early awareness and exposure is essential.
Wordless videos and stories help us to value and to act on our curiosity about self, others, and our world.
Starting in early childhood, when this awareness and exposure is especially meaningful.
This learning approach is proving to matter for academic learning, too.
Instead of telling viewers what to think, our wordless videos ask you to think critically — to wonder.
Instead of accidentally prescribing a fixed narrative, our content intentionally prescribes deep curiosity.
Wordless videos for ESL and our paired human stories help us to understand and confront our biases early in life.
The bonus? Each wordless video pairs with written stories and lesson plans that are available in so many languages.
Authentic Human Stories Through Wordless Videos
Meet Shantanu. As you engage with his video, reflect on the questions you have about him and his life. Reflect on the sense of wonder you feel.
Now imagine there was a narrator or subtitles telling you about his life. Would you have the same kinds of questions? Would you continue to wonder as much about him after watching the video?
Wordless Videos For ESL Deepen Academic Learning
Wordless stories have been shown to boost curiosity and engagement, to improve reading comprehension and academic learning, and to help students explore topics that matter to them. These benefits are showing to be interconnected: fostering curiosity and a sense of purpose is fundamental for a student’s academic success, and early math and reading success is a strong predictor of long term success.
New research is also showing that curiosity building can play a huge role in a student’s overall academic learning. Empathy, understanding, and academics — all at once.
Why Wordless Videos: Hear Student Perspectives
“This is the first time in my life I feel like I’m not being told what to think.”
“Everyone’s always telling me what to believe and how things work. I feel like now I get to think for myself.”
“I’m always wondering about so many things. This is so cool because I get to be curious while learning about the world.”
WORDLESS VIDEOS FOR ESL BRING REAL LIFE INTO LEARNING
We pioneered wordless videos for learning to help students, teachers, and parents love learning for life.
To help all of us bring real life into learning.
To bring the world into our classrooms, living rooms, dinner tables, and favorite community hangout spots.
To prioritize curiosity before judgment. To wonder beyond words.
Our wordless videos make it possible for anyone, anywhere to engage with globally inclusive and real-world relevant learning.
In school. Homeschooling. ESL. Anywhere you(th) are learning.
Some of the most important concepts in our lives are communicated without words.
So much of our human communication is “nonverbal”.
Wordless stories for ESL give us a chance to engage in the practice of learning and wondering from an early age — in school!
Natural curiosity practice.
No text captions, no narrator.
Engage audiences of every age, everywhere.
Help viewers immerse with their hearts first.
Fuel curiosity that suspends judgment.
Wordless stories help us practice essential life skills during ESL:
Curiosity before judgment. Learning to learn. Seeking understanding.
Let’s get out of the habit of being told information, absorbing it, memorizing it, and repeating it. Let’s learn to learn together.
Wordless videos help us bring real life into ESL (english as a second language).
WORDLESS STORIES FOR ESL HELP US FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
We live in stories. We learn through stories. We wonder through stories. Telling us how to think or what to think or why just isn’t exciting.
Empathy doesn’t stick if you tell somebody to be empathetic. It’s pretty ineffective to say “be kinder to others” or “wonder about others!!!” like an instruction. Showing is key.
Stories move people to action, and engaging content is SO important for kids today. Plus, in a world of ads and messages screaming at us, taking out the words is just so refreshing.
Read more about Why Wordless Videos in this article with GivingCompass or this piece in Teaching Channel!
Weaving wordless videos with real human stories and lesson plans through our unique approach helps teachers, students, and parents to teach and learn key social skills and problem solving in school — and for homeschooling.
All in a globally adaptive, globally engaging, and globally inclusive way.
HEAR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS SHARE THE POWER OF WORDLESS VIDEOS
WORDLESS VIDEOS FOR ESL
Let’s bring wordless videos for ESL to every student, teacher, and parent. Let’s bring learning to life.