Friends, are you familiar with the term “double input?” I first heard it two years ago in a presentation given by Kara Kane Jacobs and Arianne Dowd at a local state language conference. It refers to the practice of supplying comprehensible input (CI) in spoken form and written form simultaneously (Kara and Arianne also talked about the idea of “triple input,” which includes CI in spoken form and written form simultaneously and includes follow-up reading activities).
Any time a world language teacher shows students a video in the target language (TL) that simultaneously posts subtitles in the TL, that teacher is providing double input (I find that this is of EXTREME importance in my French classes because of the vast differences between the spoken and written language, but it’s also useful for any language if the speakers in the video are talking quickly). In a distance learning setup, one of the easiest ways teachers can provide double input to their students is by recording subtitled videos in the TL for students to watch.
Fortunately, you can find many programs that you can run on your computer to add captions. But if you are like me and either don’t want to spend the time or don’t feel comfortable using computer video editing software, your best option is to record a quick video using an app on your phone. If you have an iPhone, the app you absolutely must have is Clip-o-Matic.
Clip-o-Matic is SO incredibly easy to use. Once you’ve downloaded and set up your app, all you have to do is choose the language in which you plan on speaking and start recording on your phone as you normally do. You can choose from over 30 languages, which is AMAZING. The app also allows you to choose different caption styles and filters to customize your video and edit the captions in case of text inaccuracies. Once you’re done with your recording, your video will save automatically on your phone. From there you can share it with whomever (I upload my videos to my classroom YouTube channel and share links to them with my students).
Here’s an example of what your captions might look like (this is from Annabelle Williamson‘s Clip-o-Matic YouTube channel):
If you are an Android user, you will have to use an alternative app, because Clip-O-Matic is only available on an iPhone. I can’t speak to how easy or user-friendly the alternatives are, so you will have to research them and figure out which app best suits your needs. But once you find out which one suits you best, you’ll have to comment on it here on this post for other Android users. Happy recording!