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What's VideoEle?

This is a website which offers videos to learn Spanish as a foreign language. It is addressed therefore to those whose mother tongue is not Spanish and wish to learn Spanish as a foreign language, whether or not they live in a Spanish speaking country.

Frequently asked questions:

 

How the course works?

VideoEle´s self-directed units are based on short videos of 3 to 6 minutes duration. The relevant resource booklet can be printed on a PDF file.

The course has a special emphasis on audiovisual and reading comprehension skills.

Who can benefit from using VideoEle?

VideoEle can be used in many ways by teachers as supplementary material in the classroom. One option could be that the teacher asks students to watch a video at home to be reviewed in the next class.

If your school has a computer lab or your classroom has an internet connection, you can watch a video with your students during class time.

VideoEle can also be used by self-taught learners of Spanish.

The teaching and learning materials available in this website will allow learners to refresh their Spanish knowledge; consolidate previously learnt material and extend their communicative competence in the Spanish language.

 

Is it free?

VideoEle is completely free! Each video is available with its own transcript, resource booklet and answer booklet. It is suitable for all Spanish learners. The only income which VideoEle receives comes from advertisements.

If you think that the free education material offered in this website is useful, you can help fund this project by simply visiting the advertisements which will appear alongside the videos. VideoEle is a non-profit making organisation. Any donations will be employed to further develop the project. This will include the website hosting service, IT and audiovisual materials.

Why videos?

A video is a very strong tool in foreign language learning. On the one hand, it allows the student to practice listening comprehension in an attractive and contextualized way. Furthermore, the images show many cultural elements which reflect the day to day life of a Spanish speaking town.

What are these videos like?

All of these videos have been made by myself in everyday situations. They are educational because they have been specifically created for learners of Spanish as a foreign language. In other words, VideoEle does not contain videos addressed to Spanish native speakers such as advertisements, films, musical videos, events or shows. Each video has been purposely created so that students can learn specific cultural elements, grammatical structures and as well as specific vocabulary.

These videos have not been created by a professional film making company. They show day to day spontaneous scenes which have been filmed with a private video camera and edited with a personal computer.

 

What level are the videos?

The videos are classified according to level descriptors defined by both the European Framework of Reference for Languages and also the schemes of work of the Instituto Cervantes. Therefore, VideoEle contains materials for the following levels: nivel A1, nivel A2, nivel B1 y nivel B2. VideoEle does not contain videos for levels C1 and C2.

For any of the levels described above, texts have been carefully created with the intention that they are easy to understand and that language learners can access the content appropriate to their level.

What's the European Framework of Reference?

This is a document which was published in 2001 under the auspices of the Council of Europe with the aim of providing:

"a common frame of reference for the creation of language syllabuses, curriculum guidelines, course examinations, textbooks, etc. across Europe."

Its full name is Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR). For more information, click on the following link:

Council of Europe. Common European Framework of Reference

 

What is the Instituto Cervantes syllabus?

Published in 2006, the full title of the Syllabus is Plan curricular del Instituto Cervantes. Niveles de referencia para el español. Its objective is to:

"“Present an updated version of the specifications of teaching objectives and contents from the Spanish Institute’s Syllabus, in accordance with the six levels of progression for language learning established by the Common European Framework of Reference of the European Council."

To learn more about this, you can access the website of the Instituto Cervantes via this link:

Plan Curricular del Instituto Cervantes

 

Why are there no level C videos?

Students that have reached level B2 already have a strong communicative competence as well as enough language strategies to be able to cope with videos which are addressed to native speakers and can learn directly from them.

Level C students can learn from a wide range of audiovisual material such as: advertisements, films, short documentaries, TV shows, YouTube videos and so on.

What is there in addition to the videos?

Alongside each video you can find a transcript, a self-guided resource booklet with listening comprehension activities, grammatical explanations and exercises. You can also find the solutions to all these activities in the answer booklet. All these documents are provided in PDF files so that you can download them for free onto your computer.

Why cannot every self-guided booklet be downloaded?

Some of the links to the self-guided activity booklets and answer booklets do not work. This is simply because these booklets have not yet been created. To build this website requires many hours of work, and has not yet reached completion. To this date, the only available resources correspond to the following videos:

The list above will be gradually developed until all the videos have their corresponding activity and answer booklets.

I am a student of Spanish. How can I learn with VideoEle?

This website can be very useful. Click course on to discover what materials are available in VideoEle.

Then, identify which of the four levels offered, nivel A1, nivel A2, nivel B1 o nivel B2, best describes your competence in the Spanish language.

 

What linguistic variety of Spanish does  VideoEle use?

The Spanish linguistic variety used in the audios is the standard Spanish of central and northern Spain. In addition, it is important to note that a large number of images and places used in the videos are from Barcelona and its surrounding areas.

Who makes VideoEle?

My name is Agustín Iruela and since 1991 I have been interested in Spanish as a Foreign Language. My main interests lie in teaching Spanish as Foreign Language in private schools, at the university of Pompeu Fabra and ESADE. I was also a lecturer for the Master's degree of Teacher Training at the University of Barcelona. In addition, I have undertaken research at the University of Barcelona, creating textbooks such as Es Español, Es tu ritmo, Conecta and Mucho gusto.

Finally, in 2006, I won third prize in the “International Prizes redELE” organised by the Spanish Ministry of Education. 

Ministerio de Educación, premios RedEle 2006

and in 2007 I won second prize

Ministerio de Educación, premios RedEle 2008

All the material available in this website has been created during my free time. It is the result of my experience and I believe that it will be useful for students who are studying Spanish as a foreign language.

 

I am teacher. How can I use VideoEle in my classes?

Click on the Teachers' area, where you find how to complement your course with VideoEle materials.

Who uses VideoEle?

Many Spanish teachers and students from different countries use VideoEle. You can read all the messages sent to the VideoEle YouTube website.

 http://www.youtube.com/user/papitus

If you have access to a YouTube account, you can write a message or even contact other colleagues who have already written some comments.

How can I contact VideoEle?

Click on the section Contact in the same website, and complete the relevant form.

You can also send a message to info@spanishonlinefree.com