If you’ve ever wondered what teaching English in Mexico is all about, here’s a post for you. Complemented by a post on my TEFL blog, which goes into the purpose of making the video. Teaching English is about more than going through books endlessly and listening to fake conversations on a CD. It is what you want it to be, in the pursuit of adding vocabulary and fluency to your students use of English.
I was pretty pleased with the video quality. I just used my Panasonic FZ35, and a monopod. The narration does sound a bit iffy, and if you’re thinking it sounds like it was recorded on a cheap microphone, that’s because it was recorded on a cheap microphone. My iPod Nano microphone to be precise. To have the student speaking using the camera’s stereo mics was no good – the factory is too noisy.
And there is still a lot of factory noise in the video, but that’s all part and parcel of the factory floor. It’s a noisy place. Take away the decibels and you take away the atmosphere of the video. I’ve shown it to a couple of students at companies elsewhere and asked them for their impressions. They key thing was – did it create a positive and professional impression of the company? They both gave answers which were very positive. Thankfully! And anyway, I’ve come across many worse ‘factory tour’ style videos on the net! I’m interested – as are they no doubt – what’s your impression of the company? All criticism welcome, but be polite please…..they pay my wages!