Using YouTube in the classroom

YouTube is a website that allows people all over the world to share, comment and view videos. Research on the use of YouTube in Language Teaching suggests that it:

1. Increases motivation and peer-to-peer interaction
2. Improves students oral, aural and writing skills
3. Allows teachers to introduce more difficult subject matters to illustrate a point
4. Increases authenticity of tasks

YouTube can be very beneficial in the classroom, however the material has to be carefully selected and appropriate for the learners because some videos may contain inappropriate language or nudity.

Overall, I believe that YouTube clips do have a place in education but feel that it all depends on how the teacher uses the video content to support and advance learning.