I first heard about MovieTalk while reading Martina Bex's blog The Comprehensible Classroom (her blog is absolutely amazing). This technique was originally created by Dr. Ashley Hastings as part of a program that is used to teach ESL at various universities (see the research here), but in her blog Martina Bex credits Michele Whaley, a Russian teacher in Alaska, for brining MovieTalk to the Teaching with Comprehensible Input (T/CI) world. MovieTalk is a novel way to provide students with more comprehensible input. The teacher picks a movie clip (animated shorts and commercials are my favorites, but it could be any short video clip) and orally narrates the story to the students. The teacher pauses the video while they are narrating to circle and ask comprehension questions. You can create a lot of excitement through pausing the video at points of tension, asking the students to guess what will happen next. Once you have narrated the entire video turn on the sound and let the students watch the video all the way through without pausing. I look for video clips that fit nicely with vocabulary structures that the students are currently learning. I might have to pre-teach some words that I need to use to narrate the scene, but the main focus in on the vocabulary structures that we are working on. In the older grades video clips with complex dialogue are often picked, which allows for greater differentiation and input, but in my elementary classes I tend to stick with only animated shorts and short commercials with simple dialogue.