• Welcome!

    • First of all, thank you for your interest in becoming an ESL video content creator of BlaBla.
    • This is the guideline to create short videos for ESL users on BlaBla app.

    Topics

    • We have a variety of video topics to focus on, ranging from basic vocabulary and pronunciation, to situational English, and workplace English.
    • We are going to show you some sample videos for each category.

    Here are the topic list:

    • CET4/CET6/College/Postgraduate
    • IELTS/TOEFL
    • Workplace
    • Situational/Sports/CookingCuisines/Traveling/Science
    • Culture
    • Idioms/Expressions
    • News
    • LearnWithSongs/HighSchool/EnglishForKids
    • Vocabulary/Grammar
    • Pronunciation

    Video Making Tips

    • Use plain background for indoor videos
    • Speak clearly and slower than you normally would
    • Briefly summarize what you will cover in the beginning of the video
    • Make sure the video quality is good enough to see your surroundings clearly
    • Can use video editing software to make videos more special and engaging

    Great Videos Are Usually…

    • Creative and engaging, think outside of the box (more than just staring into the cam and teach basic vocabulary)
    • Genuine reflection of the local lifestyles
    • Vivid and lifelike
    • Here are a few great tutorials:
    1. For outdoor videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2LLWoot1o0

    2. For indoor videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnLK-rHnwcM

    • Want to stand out from the crowd? Show us what makes you and your videos unique!

    Video Specs

    • Video needs to be VERTICAL with the aspect ratio of 9:16, like the image on the right.
    • The resolution should be at least 720x1280 or 1080x1920 to make sure your video are clear, because smart phones nowadays have higher resolutions.
    • If you want to add hints, keywords or emojis into your video, please put them on top of the screen. Our app will automatically add your video subtitles as Mandarin and English at the bottom of the screen.

    CEFR Content Level

    BlaBla has 6 content level for different language level users.

    • A1: Beginner
    • A2: Elementary
    • B1: Intermediate
    • B2: Upper Intermediate
    • C1: Advanced
    • C2: Proficient

    Let’s first take a look at what the different levels.

     

    The “A” Levels: Basic User

    • A1 | Beginner

    At the A1 CEFR level, a language learner can:

    • Understand and use very basic expressions to satisfy concrete needs.
    • Introduce themselves and ask others questions about personal details.
    • Interact simply as long as the other person speaks slowly and clearly.

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    • A2 | Elementary

    At the A2 CEFR level, a language learner can:

    • Understand frequently used expressions in most intermediate areas such as shopping, family, employment, etc.
    • Complete tasks that are routine and involve a direct exchange of information.
    • Describe matters of immediate need in simple terms.

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    The “B” Levels: Independent User

    • B1 | Intermediate

    At the B1 CEFR level, a language learner can:

    • Understand points regarding family, work, school or leisure-related topics.
    • Deal with most travel situations in areas where the language is spoken.
    • Create simple texts on topics of personal interest.
    • Describe experiences, events, dreams, and ambitions, as well as opinions or plans in brief.

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    • B2 | Upper Intermediate

    At the B2 CEFR level, a language learner can:

    • Understand the main ideas of a complex text such as a technical piece related to their field.
    • Spontaneously interact without too much strain for either the learner or the native speaker.
    • Produce a detailed text on a wide range of subjects.

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    The “C” Levels: Proficient User

    • C1 | Advanced

    At the C1 CEFR level, a language learner can:

    • Understand a wide range of longer and more demanding texts or conversations.
    • Express ideas without too much searching.
    • Effectively use the language for social, academic or professional situations.
    • Create well-structured and detailed texts on complex topics.

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    • C2 | Proficient

    At the C2 CEFR level, a language learner can:

    • Understand almost everything read or heard with ease.
    • Summarize information from a variety of sources into a coherent presentation.
    • Express themselves using precise meaning in complex scenarios.