USING THE CAMERA TO CREATE A UNIFIED VIEWPOINT FOR LISTENING (INPUT)

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The topic area of spatial relations, including the concepts of left, right, front, and back, can pose problems of comprehension even for native speakers. In the classroom it is often difficult to create a unified point of view for the presentation of language concerning relative position. This clip shows the instructor's use of a "mini-environment" presented on camera that enables all viewers to share the same point of view so that "left" and "right" mean the same to everybody with reference to the objects shown.

Talking about objects visible on-screen — from the same point of view as the student. Using objects whose names are familiar to the students (chair, bookbag, wallet), the instructor prompts students to state the objects' positions.