Clipbank Spanish is a collection of Channel 4 resources taken from four KS
3+4 Spanish language television programmes: Extra; Top; Aventuras Vascas
and La Tienda de Luis. The programmes are broken down into small clips
which can be grouped into themes and saved for easy access. The total of
250 clips available for Spanish, cover: Introducing and Describing
Yourself and Others • Health and Fitness • Relationships • Opinions and
Feelings • Food and Drink • Clothes • Leisure • Making Arrangements •
Holidays, Travel and Places of Interest • Time, Weather, Months, Days and
Numbers • Shopping, Services, Money and Directions • House, Home and
School • The World of Work • Future Plans • Use of 'Ser' and 'Estar' •
Present Tense • Future Tense • Past Tenses • Mix of Tenses • Commands •
Prepositions • Asking Questions • Pronouns • Possessives • Adjectives
Clips have been carefully chosen so that they fit in as much as possible
with a theme without bringing in any extraneous material. The DVD has many
positive aspects which are:
• The format is ideal for inclusion in a lesson and very practical in that
the teacher does not need to have a video wound to the correct place or
DVD held on pause.
• No need to store racks of videos or Different DVDs
• The length of each clip is usually no more than 2 minutes at maximum,
most being much shorter than that. Attention span
• Each clip is linked to related clips.
• Each clip has a vocabulary list.
• The language in each clip is very clear and relevant to the theme in
• The search facility can find clips on a particular theme e.g. football
throws up 10 resources, clothes gives 14.
• Clips can be used as starters, plenaries, reinforcement of
vocabulary/grammar or simply a break in the middle of a lesson.
• Clips might get pupils interested in watching one of the series they are
taken from, either as a class activity, an after school/lunchbreak
activity or independently.
Clipbank is not meant as a facility for viewing the whole series of each
programme. This should be done from the DVD or recorded programme.
The library/ index is not ready yet, however online libraries have been
prepared for Science, History or Geography, and if the language libraries
are as clearly set out, they will save teachers time in searching for what
As the clips cover all levels of KS 3+4, not all are suitable for every
class, Top and La Tienda de Luis being more suitable for younger children
and Aventuras Vascas and Extra are better suited for KS4.
The downside is the subscription. The initial cost £250 is not cheap but
could be good value if used well like anything else. There is meant to be
an annual subscription of £250 + VAT, which I quite frankly cannot see the
value of or fully understand. If your school decides not to pay this
subscription are you then supposed not to use the DVD? This seems a little
bizarre, and I have not had any satisfactory explanation from Channel 4 as
to what it entails exactly.