BrainPOP ESL is a web-based English language learning program comprised of short, animated movies as well as games, quizzes, and interactive features. It encompasses the four main language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The movies feature the characters Moby and Ben, who model conversational English while seamlessly presenting the target vocabulary, language, and content.
BrainPOP ESL is designed for English language learners in the United States and around the world. It can be a useful tool for beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners of any age. The product may also be helpful for English-speaking students requiring additional support in vocabulary, language, or content.
BrainPOP ESL is organized in three levels, corresponding to beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Each level consists of six units, and each unit includes five movies with associated features. We recommend that absolute beginners start with the first Level 1, Unit 1 movie. Each BrainPOP ESL movie builds upon the previous one, and no prior knowledge of English is required to get started.
The building block structure allows students to master grammar and vocabulary as they progress from storylines consisting of one- and two-word sentences to more sophisticated, content-based plots. The different levels equip students with the confidence they need to read, write, and speak English.
BrainPOP ESL movies are animations whose themes progress from simple, everyday experiences to content-related stories. Each BrainPOP ESL movie introduces 12-15 new vocabulary words and a grammar topic that are modeled through the conversation, animation, and storyline.
BrainPOP ESL can be used in a variety of ways and places. Since it is a comprehensive program, it can be used as a stand-alone resource or as a supplement, and easily integrated with other materials. A teacher may use it in a whole-class setting, a media lab, with small groups, in centers, or with individual students to progress at their own rate. It’s also a great tool for helping new students catch up.
Words to Know are animated definitions of each new vocabulary word in the associated movie. Word Connections is a feature within Words to Know that identifies connections among vocabulary and related words.
Words, Words, Words are clickable flash cards featuring a new vocabulary word on one side and a visual representation on the flip side. The interactive feature reviews 12-15 new words highlighted in each movie.
In early units, Read It is a sound-letter correspondence and phonemic awareness activity. Students click letters and words to hear how they sound. As students progress, Read It transitions to short reading passages with follow-up vocabulary and reading comprehension questions.
In the early units, Write It provides opportunities for students to practice writing letters and words. As they progress, students respond to questions, and then to guided paragraph-writing prompts. Finally, students respond to writing prompts using the Read It passage as a model for specific text structures. The writing activities range from writing journal entries and friendly letters to informational and persuasive essays.
Hear It, Say It is like a language lab in which students listen to a word or phrase from the associated movie, and then repeat it. They can also record themselves and listen back to hear their pronunciation. They can re-record until they are satisfied.