Pearson ELT Teacher Awards: how to create a video submission

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The Pearson ELT Teacher Award is back for 2018! Once again, we are celebrating excellence in English language teaching and would love to hear from you and your colleagues, wherever you are in the world. Enter the competition to win one of six all-expenses paid trips to IATEFL in Brighton or TESOL in Chicago in 2018.

To do this, simply make a short video answering the following two questions and upload it by December 31st 2017.

Q1: How do you know when students are making progress in English?

Q2: What’s the best thing about being an English teacher?

You have two chances to win – either through our professional judging, or by gaining the most public votes in the competition.

Want to make your entry stand out? Follow these six steps:

Tips for how to make a video

Step 1: Choose a camera

The first thing to decide is which camera to use. You can choose from a webcam, a camera built into your laptop, a stills camera, or your mobile phone. If you choose to use your mobile phone, be sure to film your video using the camera on the back, as the quality is higher. Also remember to set your phone to Airplane Mode, so that you are not interrupted by calls or messages! Whichever camera you choose, check that it is focused on your face and not on the background. It’s also a good idea to use a tripod or build a stand so the video isn’t shaky.

Step 2: Think about the camera angle

Once you’ve chosen your camera, make sure your eyes are horizontal to the lens. This way the viewers won’t see too much of the ceiling or the floor. If you are using a laptop put it on a pile of books so that the camera is at the same level as your eyes.

Step 3: Find a quiet space

Sound is possibly the most important part of a video. Look for a quiet place away from traffic or other disturbances. Although mobiles and stills cameras have inbuilt microphones, they tend to pick up a lot of background noise. To record good quality sound use the microphone on your mobile headphones. Attach it to your clothes using a paperclip and tuck the cables in so it looks nice and tidy. Don’t forget to plug it in and record a short test to check the quality of your voice – if it sounds distorted, move the microphone a little further away from your mouth and test again.

Step 4: Frame your shot

If you are using your mobile phone, turn it 90 degrees and record your video in landscape mode. This way it will look like a video you’d usually watch on your computer or television and will make it easier to watch.

Step 5: Turn on the lights

Make sure your room is well lit and that the brightest source of light falls on your face. Turn on any other lights so the background is also bright enough to see. However, don’t sit with a bright light behind you, otherwise your face will be in the shadows. If the brightest light is coming from outside, the best idea is to place the camera up against the window and sit so you are looking outside.

Step 6: Be confident

Now it’s time to start filming you need to appear confident! To help you do this, imagine that the camera lens is the face of someone you know and speak directly to them. Also be sure to practice beforehand and make notes which you can use to help you remember what to say. Write these keywords directly in a document if you are using a laptop or stick them around the lens if using a stills camera or mobile. Try to avoid looking down when you are speaking as it won’t look natural.

Please take note that all video submissions should:

  • Last no longer than two minutes
  • Answer the two competition questions
  • NOT include any pictures of students or other staff members
  • Be hosted on a private YouTube account

For more information follow the checklist and make sure your entry has a winning chance!

What to do next

  1. Upload your video to YouTube. Read the instructions to get started.
  2. Choose your geographical region and enter your submission by December 31st, 2017.

We look forward to seeing all your entries!

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