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Thousands of videos from the European Council

3/10/2015 - Stavroula

Are you interested in introducing or practising political speech in your language classroom? The European Council offers thousands of videos.

The website http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu offers free of charge and free of copyright broadcast-quality videos (MPEG4) and photos (JPEG) of all important activities of the Council. European Council meetings and Council of Ministers meetings (arrivals, doorsteps, roundtables and press conferences in their entirety) as well as other Council activities (PSC, working groups with special guests) and special events are recorded and made available for downloading within the hour of any event. A special section is dedicated to the activities of the President of the European Council Mr Donald Franciszek Tusk, and to the activities of Ms Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. External Council events are also covered as well as Common Security and Defence Policy missions. In addition, the website offers archives with stock shots, feature stories and other video material.

This material is offered free of charge and may be edited for EU-related information and education purposes.

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Increase your students' motivation

12/27/2014 - Stavroula

Interested in expanding your range of language learning activities? Join ClipFlair. It's free and we will help you design activities depending on your needs.

www.clipflair.net is a EU-sponsored project to facilitate foreign language learning through interactive captioning and revoicing of clips. It is a platform containing activities for many languages and various levels of fluency.

Cooperate, exchange ideas, ask questions and watch tutorials through the 
Network. In its Gallery you will find language learning activities that involve revoicing (i.e. dubbing) and/or captioning (i.e. subtitling), as well as other material for creating activities, such as clips and images.

We are looking for teachers in all levels of schools willing to try out one or more of our ready-made activities and fill in a very brief pilot feedback form. You can also become an Associate Partner and have your name/your school's name mentioned in the project.

For further information please contact Stavroula Sokoli: clipflair at cti.gr 

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Video and Copyright

12/26/2014 - Stavroula

The study, Recut, Reframe, Recycle: Quoting Copyrighted Material in User-Generated Video, by Center director Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, co-director of the law school's Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, shows that many uses of copyrighted material in today's online videos are eligible for fair use consideration.

The same principles obviously apply to the use of video clips for educational purposes, such as ours: language learning.


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Featured activities

12/26/2014 - Stavroula

Below is a list of featured ClipFlair Activities:

You can visit the ClipFlair Activity Gallery where you can search for activities based on rich metadata.

A simpler list of all the ClipFlair Activities with a small selection of their metadata is also available here:


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Voiceover, Dubbing and Subtitling at a Glance

12/26/2014 - Stavroula

Here is a Quick Guide to Voiceover, Dubbing and Subtitling kindly prepared by Andrea Simón and Silvia Fernández.
It includes instructions on how to use ClipFlair.

ClipFlair Guide and AVT Translation 2014-15.doc

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Find clips in Critical Commons

11/4/2014 - Stavroula

Critical Commons is a public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative reuse of media in scholarly and creative contexts.
You can find many clips there for your language learning activities!


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Irvin Yalom documentary

9/17/2014 - Stavroula

Let's create captions for our hard-of-hearing friends who 'd like to watch this documentary trailer about Irvin Yalom, the world-famous psychiatrist and writer. 
With this activity your students of English will practice listening and writing skills and your effort will have a tangible, shareable result: the subtitled clip.


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How to create your own activities

5/21/2014 - Stavroula

There are more than 350 activities for more than 15 languages in the ClipFlair Gallery. But they might not suit your needs or the language you are interested in. You can always create your own! There are three ways to add new activities in the Gallery, presented here (from simpler to more complicated):

  • 1. Modify an existing activity
  • a. Go to the Activity Gallery and choose the filter For learners of > Any language. You'll see a number of activities, pick one and open it.
  • b. Modify the activity to fit your needs (e.g. translate the instructions, add or remove text components etc).
  • c. Save it in your computer.
  • d. If you'd like it to be public, you can post it in the Feedback forum > Suggest Material > ClipFlair activities. It will soon be included in the Activity Gallery and you can then use and share the URL it will automatically aquire.  e. Otherwise you can send it to your students or peers as a file (its extension is .clipflair)
  • 2. Create a new activity with a video from the Clip Gallery
  • a. Go to the Video Gallery and use the filters to choose a video and open it.
  • b. Add a text component with instructions and a captions or revoicing component according to your needs. Follow the steps c-e described in method 1 above.
  •  3. Create a new activity with a video of your choice 
  • a. If you don't need your activity in the Gallery, just create a new activity with the Studio, and drag and drop your clip there (from your PC). When sharing, make sure to send the video together with the activity, because the clip is not saved in the .clipflair file (for file size economy).
  • b. If you'd like your activity in the Gallery, first post your video (Creative Commons License preferred) in the Feedback forum > Suggest Material > Video.
  • c. After we have published your video in the Gallery, follow the steps described in method 2 above.


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Making ClipFlair Activities Accessible

5/20/2014 - rociobanos

The purpose of this post is to make suggestions for teachers to make sure the content they include in ClipFlair activities is accessible to the wider learning community, including students with disabilities.

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Raising awareness on accessibility issues

5/14/2014 - Stavroula

How about giving learners a chance to practice audiovisual listening and writing skills while raising awareness on accessibility issues?

In the ClipFlair activity Baby Shower, B2 students are asked to simulate the work of a subtitler for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and add captions to a clip from the popular series Friends.
To do that, first they need to listen carefully to the dialogues and transcribe them. Then they have to create subtitles by following certain subtitling standards.

Time and space restrictions often do not allow for a word-for-word transcript, and condensation is necessary: learners have to find shorter synonyms or paraphrase the script to fit it in the subtitles.


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