An ideal ClipFlair activity
By Patrick Zabalbeascoa.
An ideal ClipFlair activity:
(1) Has an ideal clip, i.e. audiovisually “rich” and pedagogically multifunctional and recyclable
(2) Is engaging (makes you laugh,
cry, think, talk, remember, associate, feel, etc.).
(3) Involves ideas that are mostly or
partly recyclable for other clips. The activity contains a didactic proposal
that can be adapted to other learner-profiles, languages, clips, levels, or for
(4) Has clear instructions,
user-friendly and straightforward. The language used in the
instructions component is simple and repeated (where possible), over many
activities, so that a learner can get used to it, and not have to become familiar
with an activity's specific jargon every time anew.
(5) Can be sequenced with others
or totally independent. An activity is particularly ideal (if it sequential) if
it can also function independently.
(6) Is focused on the clip, and
requires the learner to watch and do things with the clip more than anything
(7) Fallswithin the scope
of (a) repeat, (b) rephrase; or (c) react and (a), (b) or (c) can be done by
revoicing or captioning of some sort.
(8) Inspires other similar
activities than can be generated by simply changing a few parameters of the original proposal.
(9) Works on audiovisual literacy integrated skills and semiotics. It requires the learner to think of or
work with issues of narrative, discourse, speech acts, communication events,
(10) Is learner-centered and can
be accessed and used by I-learners in the afterlife of the Project.
A non-ideal (but acceptable activity) is lacking in many of these
features. Non-ideal activities are
in certain cases acceptable, and may be well suited to ClipFlair.
An example of a perfectly acceptable non-ideal
activity is: an activity that is good for only one language, only one level,
only one type of learner, only one clip, i.e. it is very much a once-in-a-life
time, unique exercise, which does not allow the learner the option to think,
"Ah! I would now like to do this with other clips!"