Why eyewitnesses get it wrong

cescober July 11, 2019

Using screenshots to predict content - How to teach English using videos EP03

In this episode we will be showing you how screenshots taken from a video can be used to generate interest and get students to predict the content. Checking their ideas against what they later hear and see in the video can also function as a great first listening task. 

We’re using two amazing short videos in the tutorial, both of which we found at Kieran Donaghy's popular Film English site: Fear of Flying and 5 things every presenter needs to know about people . Also download this and this accompanying worksheet we've made. :) 

Anna Csíky, iSLCollective Teacher Trainer

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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
To listen to a TedTalk about eyewitnesses and discuss how memories can be reconstructed and affect crimes.
Scene summary:
Scott Fraser describes how eyewitnesses to a crime can create "memories" they could not have seen.
Video length: 11 minutes 47 seconds
Video genre: Edu video or lecture, (e.g. amateur educational video, TedEd, TED talk)
Lesson type: Basic listening comprehension - Hearing check ("Can you make out the words being said?")
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2019-07-11, 12:38:17 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)


Fill the gap: They considered all the usual ________________________


Fill the gap: ________________________ insisting on his innocence, which he has consistently for 21 years.


Fill the gap: … where people have been wrongfully victim and subsequently ________________________ some from death row on the basis of later, DNA analysis.


Fill the gap: … the brain ________________________ a vacuum under the best of observation conditions.


Fill the gap: And here, I became a bit ________________________ and I turn and I asked the judge I said, Your Honor I.

6) Why was it such an important turning point when the judge went to the crime scene? Should this be a standard?

Answer the question using your own words


Fill the gap: that's happened afterwards, they're, dynamic, they're, ________________________ they're volatile.


Fill the gap: And as a result, we all need to remember to be cautious that the accuracy of our memories is not measured in how ________________________ they are.

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