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ESLvideo: Thanksgiving

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

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Computer(s), Internet access, projector (optional), speakers/headphones

Activity Description

Use this video and accompanying quiz on ESLvideo to provide listening and reading practice for intermediate level students on the topic of the history of the American holiday of Thanksgiving.


  • Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school before using it or having students use it. (This particular video originates from YouTube and is frequently blocked at schools.)
  • Set speaker settings to a reasonable volume.
  • Preview the video to make sure its level and content are appropriate for your class. Note any vocabulary in the video that you will need to pre-teach and prepare an activity or dictionary/glossary for these words to provide to students before viewing the video.
  • Take the quiz yourself to make sure that you agree with the answers.
  • Prepare an introductory activity to help students be ready for the listening, such as previewing the questions for the video quiz beforehand, and asking students what they already know about the history of Thanksgiving and customs for celebrating this holiday in the United States.


  1. If you are doing this as a whole class activity, visit the Example Web Site (above) and project it for students.
  2. Preview the listening quiz questions on the right side of the page. Scroll down to see all questions. Select answers to the quiz questions and choose the See How You Did button.
  3. Select the Play button on the video. Optionally, you may choose full screen view in the bottom right corner of the video player to see the video full screen.
  4. Pause the video as needed by selecting the pause button, and allow students to view the video two or three times, as needed.
  5. Students can take the quiz again to improve their scores, as desired.

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  • The site has many video quizzes on a variety of topics, many with transcripts of the videos. Browse for video quizzes grouped in Beginning, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, or New Quizzes sections (see buttons under main navigation bar). You may also create an account and make quizzes for your class based on online videos. See directions for how to create an account to make your own quizzes  (based on one of their online videos) and how students can send you their quiz results:
    1. Select Create a Quiz.
    2. Select the register link to create an account, then log in.
    3. Select Create a quiz.
    4. Complete the form: Title your quiz, then copy and paste the video embed code from a video on YouTube or other video hosting Web site.
    5. Add questions, answers, a transcript (optional), and notes to your quiz.
    6. Proofread your quiz and edit as needed.
    7. Use the Quiz Embed Code located on quiz pages to add any quiz to your Web site.
    8. You can view, edit, or delete your quiz at any time from your account.
  • See the How-to  for creating quizzes
  • Here is more information and some guidelines for creating quizzes:
    • If you suspect the video or thumbnail-image violates copyright law, do not use it.
    • Read the Top 10 Distractors  article by Sharon Yoneda.
    • Read the Real (Teacher) World Application of  article by Sharon Yoneda.
    • Base your quizzes on shorter videos rather than longer videos.
    • Create quizzes with more than five questions.
    • Check your questions and answers for typos.
    • Music video quizzes - do not skip lines in the lyrics and be sure to add the transcript (often easily found with a Google search).
    • Design distractors that demonstrate mechanical, structural, phonological, or orthographic relevance.
    • Note: quizzes that do not comply with the above guidelines may not be published in a skill-level category. retains the right to edit, change, correct submitted content, but not the responsibility to do so.


  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High


Basic Communication

  • (5.6) Understand civic responsibilities and activities
  • (5.2) Understand historical and geographical information

Basic Communication

  • (7.2) Demonstrate ability to use critical thinking skills
  • (7.3) Demonstrate ability to use problem-solving skills
  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills
  • (7.7) Demonstrate the ability to use information and communication technology
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