Studying English language arts opens the door to success in every other subject. Of course, ELA allows students to master their reading and writing skills which are essential for everything from this week’s history paper to their college application and beyond. But it’s also an opportunity to develop critical thinking: for example, was Nick Carraway really a reliable narrator? Plus, ELA gives students a medium for self-expression and can be the start of a life-long love of literature. 

It can be easy to think that learning resources for English should mostly consist of written materials, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Students with dyslexia and those with visual impairments benefit from resources that combine audio and visual elements, and learners with ADHD may find videos easier to process. Even for students without additional needs, video can be an engaging way to add variety to ELA lessons. 

Here we’ve collected some of our top videos for teaching English, covering literature, classics, English as a second language, and literacy. To find more like this, just head over to our English sample collection to watch the full collection.  

1- Romeo and Juliet (Part 1) by Crash Course Literature 

John Green examines Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. John delves into the world of Bill Shakespeare's famous star-crossed lovers and examines what the play is about, its structure, and the context in which it was written.

2- Beowulf Thug Notes by Wise Crack 

From plot debriefs to key motifs, Thug Notes’ Beowulf Summary & Analysis has you covered with themes, symbols, important quotes, and more. This video has some mature language and is only suitable for older students. 


3- Start from Scratch Idiom by Next Animation Studio 

This video uses animated characters in a real-world setting to explain the meaning of the idiom ‘start from scratch’. It’s great for younger learners or students with English as a second language. 


4- Commas by Mazz Media

This video helps students to learn that a comma is a punctuation mark and shows how it is used in grammar. Through live action video, animation and graphics, students will come to understand how to use commas to write dates, addresses and letters. Students will also learn how to use commas to separate adjectives, verbs and nouns in a sentence.

If you want to discover how you can seamlessly and safely incorporate captivating video into your lessons or courseware, just get in touch. The Boclips library includes over 2 million educational videos from more than 200 world-class producers, and we offer a range of flexible delivery and pricing options to suit your requirements. 

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Suzanna Taylor

Suzanna is a marketing specialist at Boclips. As a former languages teacher, she is passionate about quality, accessible educational resources.

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