by Dara Richard
Centre for English Language Communication
National University of Singapore
Since the 1990’s educators have promoted the use of video in the classroom. Compared to print or audio material, video provides a rich source of information. Students not only learn new content but also observe its context (Norton & Wiburg, 2003). Trainee teachers are one specific group of students video can help. Video can help them better understand the social, cultural, or emotional aspects of content and their consequences. If English is not their first language, video can also help trainee teachers learn new words or expressions, as well as appropriate intonation patterns and non-verbal communication. In addition, visual learning helps motivate learners and promote retention of information (Weyers, 1999).