Video clips useful for teaching

Prompted by a suggestion made by Tim Halkowski (Wisconsin) Ruth Parry (Nottingham) and other colleagues, here’s a list of  clips from TV shows and so on that might be used to help get across language-in-interaction concepts to students. More recent suggestions nearer the top. More always welcome (send to me at c.antaki@Lboro.ac.uk).

Uwe Küttner

Cherishable moment:
Sheldon: Knocks on Leonard’s door
Leonard: What is it?
Sheldon: I made tea?
Leonard: I don’t want tea
Sheldon: I didn’t make tea for you… this is my tea.


Ruth Parry:


More clips useful for teaching, suggested by Adam Brandt (Newcastle-upon-Tyne):


One from Cade Bushnell (University of Tsukuba):


Another set of video clips useful for teaching language in interaction, this time from Edward Reynolds (University of New Hampshire):


Jenny Mandelbaum offers these videos that she and colleagues use in teaching CA at Rutgers:

Jenny adds that YouTube has a free downloader, called YTD Video Downloader, available at http://download.cnet.com/YTD-Video-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html


My own favourites:

  • Emily Hofstetter has two lively and highly accessible tutorials on her CA youtube channel: on repair and on response relevance.
  • More comedy routines: this (rather ancient) one from the British comedy duo Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker (both now deceased), is useful for illustrating the power of Grice’s maxim of relevance.

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