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An Amazing Teacher. from David Deubelbeiss on Vimeo.


 We have many, many videos of teachers teaching their students. It is so revealing and helpful for teachers to watch these, watch and see the little things. It really is in the little things that a good teacher becomes GREAT.

This teacher I'd hire in a heart beat. He's a genius. Really and truly. Even though he is teaching French, you can see so many small things that he does so well -- so many things to inform your own teaching. Two I"ll highlight.

1) he lets the students speak and respond in their L1
-- I find this so refreshing and it should be the norm. Students should respond to communicate, not to a set format (L2). When they are ready, the target language will come. He is wonderful in getting the students to focus on this so important aspect - meaning.

2) Contextualization. See how expressive he is. See how he makes eye contact and uses his voice. See how he asks questions in a closed way - so students can respond. See how creative he is and how he bridges and helps students deal with the ambiguity of a second language. Pure genius!!!!

Medal of honor. This is part of a series on Annenberg for MFL (Modern foreign languages) "Teaching Foreign Languages" - but also wonderful for EFL teachers. Language is language, a rose is a rose.

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Comment by Cristina Milos on January 6, 2010 at 5:00pm
:( Am I the only one who cannot view the video?....

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Comment by Ellen Pham on January 6, 2010 at 9:05pm
Cristina, try going to where the movie is originally hosted at Annenberg Media - here is the link for the movie.

It is long (almost 1/2 hour) so it might take awhile to open?

Anyway, you are going to LOVE this movie.

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Comment by ddeubel on January 6, 2010 at 10:39pm
Thanks for the link Ellen. You also have to register to watch the video. Annenberg used to be much more friendly (remember our Teacher's TV?) but have since really closed a lot of doors. Still, there remains some good content.

Cristina, do you get a message that this is only viewable in the U.S.? Some of their video content is U.S. only but this one, I don't think so.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on January 6, 2010 at 10:45pm
I didn't have to register, David... and I don't think I've been on that site before... we can download it if Cristina still can't watch... but I have to walk the dog now!

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Comment by Cristina Milos on January 7, 2010 at 10:13pm
I still cannot watch. But don't worry...I will figure out how to get it this weekend. Thanks :)

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Comment by Ellen Pham on February 16, 2010 at 8:36pm
Hey David, why don't you add the video file to your post, so if people are having trouble viewing it over the internet, they can download it onto their computers and watch from there? In S. Korea internet speeds are so fast, it's not much of an issue, but even in the US, I have trouble viewing videos sometimes... it always works if I can download it and then view it.

I think this should be our new standard practice with videos... why not make it easy for people to download the videos they'd like to keep?

BTW, I went to the vimeo site for this video and you had downloading disabled...

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Comment by Chooch Mangione on March 19, 2011 at 1:41am
outstanding video. passionate teacher. the success is in the details, indeed.

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