Thursday, May 31, 2012

PFL IV .... Video Subtitles

The PFL IV students have worked hard on creating subtitles for a TED talk of their choice available on Youtube.   The example you see below is from the wonderful speech from Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story. The ability to listen carefully and work on finding appropriate equivalent words in another language was the focus of this activity.  Students also had to cooperate with colleagues as they split up the caption writing work among the group. In order to do that, a Google Doc was used a a shared space for work, so each student would negotiate the transition from one "translator" to the other as they split up the timing. Color coding was used by the teacher, Deborah Rebello, to help students in their writing revision. You can see a snapshot of the Google Doc below, which was created using the timing format accepted by Youtube captioning.

This was also an exercise for all of us in terms of posting copyrighted material on Youtube. As the video was reposted with the subtitles, Youtube immediately recognized it as "matching third party content". You then have the option to claim Fair Use by providing a justification, which in this case was the use of the video to support foreign language learning and shared within a school environment. Youtube then returned a "claim release" allowing the video posting.

Enjoy the video and the translation!

1 comment:

  1. This is a very good example of fair use at work and it's great the Youtube acknowledged that this was for educational purposes. Not to mention that translating a talk like this is a challenging exercise.