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As I researched this article, I tried to find YouTube channels in which the list of tutorials are well organized, well produced, and incorporate both audio and visual lessons.
The EF podEnglish channel of videos stands out to me as the most accessible for English for beginners. This channel includes bite sized video English lessons that are less than ten minutes in length.
Topics include Time, Families, Directions, Grocery shopping, Weather, Pets, School friends, Relationships, Films and Technology.
The video productions are fairly high quality and the lessons are in sequential order.
Instructor Jennifer Lebedev offers a great free series of English video lessons, each under ten minutes. Jennifer is also fluent in Russian and has a limited knowledge of Japanese, Portuguese, and French.
When you visit her channel, click on her playlists in order to access the videos in the most organized manner.
The playlists include groups of lessons such as Basic English Grammar Lessons, English Vocabulary, English Pronunciation, and American Slang.
Most of the lessons seemed to be produced from her home, in which she teaches using real objects, PowerPoint slides, and real world enactments in which dialogue is presented in both verbal and visual format. Her productions are well planned and executed, and she invites other teachers to use her videos to supplement their own lessons.
The numerous positive feedback on her channel is testament to how useful her videos are.
engVid.com contains over 150 video lessons on a range of topics including 50 Grammar Mistakes, Simple “˜To Be,’ Questions, Saying Numbers, Talking About Work, Words ending with ion, How to talk about what you want in English.
All the videos are posted on YouTube, but the engVid.com website presents them in a more sequential format.
The lessons are presented in a more traditional format, with the instructor standing in front of a white board using both verbal and written instructions. It’s also useful that each lesson includes a summary objective of the lesson that will be useful to both other English language instructors and students.
Each lesson also includes a quiz and an easy method to share comments and questions.
Hugosite.com includes over three hundred home grown lessons that seem particularly geared to beginners of the English language.
The titles and categories for lessons are not clearly evident, but the instructor makes use of tangible house objects in the tutorials, most seeming to last under a minute. Each lesson is also available in audio-only format.
As the title indicates, Mr. Duncan James is an English instructor in England.
His playlist of YouTube videos consists of over 50 videos on topics including, Please/Thank You, Faults and Bad Habits, Phonetics, Superstition, Winter Snow, etc.
Let us know if these YouTube videos are of use to you as you learn to speak English, and which channels I left out of the list that you would include.