Student Support videos

 

YouTube hosts all kinds of videos, with many of them in English and directed at children—but very few of those are educationally appropriate for children learning English in Japan. Most videos for children are designed for native speakers and use very difficult language. To be interesting and useful to students, they need to be both understandable without subtitles and fun.

 

Rainbow Bridges has devoted much time to a major project that has studied over a thousand YouTube videos, filtered them for appropriate language and watchability, and organized them into specially curated playlists. Each playlist will have videos with English that your child can understand and enjoy.

 

 

Cautions regarding the playlists (Please read before watching YouTube videos)

• YouTube shows commercials. These can be at the beginning of a video, during a video, and at the end of a video. Taking a few moments to help your child bypass the commercials by pressing the “Skip” button (displaying after the first 5 seconds of a video commercial) and pressing the “X” button (displaying at the top right of a text box commercial) can reduce exposure to the commercials. The commercials will be in Japanese, flashier, and more seductive to children than the English videos.

 

• As with our usual teaching approach, please help your child choose to not watch the commercials. It’s more effective in the long run for the child to decide not to watch the commercials rather than have such a rule decided for them.

 

• If using a cellphone, watching the videos in landscape mode (turn your cellphone horizontally) gives you a larger, full-screen view. It also hides some ads and suggested videos, which, if you tap them, will take you away from the playlist.

 

• Tap the forward and backward buttons on the video screen (tap the video screen once to make these appear) to go to the next or previous video in the playlist. Sometimes at the end of videos, there are ads or calls to subscribe. Just tap the forward button to go on to the next video.

 


For elementary and junior high school students

Students using New Finding Out textbooks

We suggest that parents help children discover how to use the playlists and watch some videos together, at least the first time.

 

Click the link for your child’s textbook and it will take you directly to one of our YouTube channels

NFO 1 (yellow textbook)

NFO 2 (red textbook)

NFO 3 (blue textbook)

NFO 4 (green textbook)

NFO 5 (purple textbook)

 

To watch

1. After clicking one of the links above, you will see about 15 playlists, corresponding to each of the units in the book. Each playlist has a description in English beginning with the unit number and containing the target language (main language learned in that unit). If you would like to see these targets in Japanese, find the Basic Target List of your child’s book in their binder.

 

2. Choose the playlist for your child’s current unit or any unit previously completed. You or your child can verify which unit she or he is on by checking her or his Home Book and seeing how far the homework as been completed. Check the corresponding units in the Class Book to review target language.

 

3. We suggest the student choose the unit playlist they want to begin with and watching any and all videos that look interesting to them. It’s not necessary to watch every video. The experience should be fun for your child rather than a duty or chore. Switch to a different video or take a break if your child loses interest.

 

4. Although watching the English videos your children like the best is important, videos at their current unit in the curriculum or previous units and books will be easiest for them to understand.

 


For preschool students

Adventurers (4-6 years old)

Click one of the links below to watch our specially curated playlists

 

Adventurers (4-6 years old)

Adventurers Lesson Songs

 

To watch

1. Click one of the links and you will see a playlist. We suggest your child choose which video they want to begin with and watching any and all videos that look interesting to them. These playlists are in no particular order.

 

2. The experience should be fun for your child rather than a duty or chore. Switch to a different video or take a break if your child loses interest.

 

Explorers (2-5 years old)

We suggest that parents control the YouTube app and watch the videos (or listen to the songs) together.

 

Click one of the links below to watch our specially curated playlists

 

Explorers (2-5 years old)

Explorers Lesson Songs

 

To watch or listen

1. Click one of the links and you will see a playlist. We suggest choosing any video you think your child would like. These playlists are in no particular order.

 

2. You can choose whether to watch the videos with your child or, to avoid screen time, just listen to the songs.

 

3. The experience should be fun for your child rather than a duty or chore. Switch to a different video or take a break if your child loses interest.

 


For Jr. high, high school students and adults

Students using Communicate 1 or Communicate 2

 

Communicate 1

Communicate 2