The A-word

The A-word

When DLA Producers Donna Marie Howard and Zoe Langston-Blass travelled to Poland to present a new authentic video series, they found themselves upgraded from a small meeting room to a lecture theatre to cope with demand. In this blog, Donna discusses why the audience reaction at IATEFL Poland could be a sign of the times for ELT.

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DLA has won a Learning on Screen award

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We're delighted to announce that DLA has won a Learning on Screen Award.

The Learning on Screen Awards are the UK’s only celebration of film and media in education and research. DLA was nominated in the Archive category for a short piece called Memory, which we created in partnership with ITN Productions Education.

The video was created using authentic material from Granada Television's groundbreaking Up series, which began its unique run in 1964 with the original Seven Up film.

The series has followed a group of 14 young people throughout their lives, starting when they were seven year-old schoolchildren. The series continues to be produced regularly. The most recent instalment, 56 Up, aired in 2012 and production is due to begin on the next series in late 2018.

DLA remastered the series to meet learning goals for an ELT publishing client, levelling the material with bespoke narration and a carefully constructed selection of moments from the show's extensive archive. The final asset runs at a little over three minutes and will be entering classrooms as part of our client's wider series later this year.

DLA Co-Founder Adam Salkeld was at the event with our ITN Productions Education collaborators to accept the award. He said: "We are delighted to have won the award. It's confirmation that authentic video sourced from TV greats like the Up series can be made into the most effective and engaging learning resources."

The jury hailed the piece as "an original film that cleverly fuses archive and social comment". 

Pearson launch new 'Business Partner' course with video from DLA

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ELT teachers have seen a glimpse of the future of English for Business as Pearson launches its new global Business Partner course.

A key feature of Business Partner is its use of authentic video, an approach pioneered by DLA. Students learn about key business concepts such as leadership, marketing, or corporate culture from authentic business stories and case studies. And they listen to real business people, speaking real English, in real world situations.

DLA worked in partnership with ITN Productions to produce the course's authentic videos. We sourced content from documentaries, news stories, and film archives to create story-led videos across a full range of CEFR/GSE levels, including levelled commentary and authentic soundbites.

Business Partner is available from Pearson now.

Keeping up with authentic speech

Keeping up with authentic speech

The topic of subtitles for ELT learners is still being wrestled with. Learners have different requirements of such a tool, dependent on their ability. Here, Elena Deleyto La Cruz summarises how subtitles influence learners' abilities to comprehend and interact with authentic video.

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