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Daily routines: drag and drop for speaking practice

Uploaded by Shona Whyte, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)

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This class of first year secondary school learners of English in France (age 11-12) is working on a speaking exercise on the topic of daily routines.  Learners come to the board one by one to select a picture of an activity, drag it into the "before school" or "after school" column in a table, and write their name under the image.  Each learner then produces the corresponding English sentence: "I do my homework after school." 

The lesson objectives include talking about one's daily routines in the simple present, focusing on the third person "s".

details

Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: -11

Language level: A2 - Lower Intermediate

Educational context: Secondary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop, Image, Writing/pen tool (inc. handwriting recognition)

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing

IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite

Teacher comment

I think that it's what we call in French, transfer: the fact that they write their own name underneath the drawing makes them believe that we're talking about them.  So when you talk about yourself, you don't forget about it, not that easily - when it deals with you.

[..] What I was trying to put into place was speaking, pretty much.  The aim was speaking, because after dragging and dropping and writing down their names, they had to turn around and speak to and talk to all the other classmates and say what they do before.  So they were using the first person.  And then gramatically, to recap it all we use the 3rd person.

Learner comments

C'est bien parce qu'en fait, c'est un peu nous qui faisons la leçon. On ne nous la donne pas comme ça sous les yeux. On réfléchit pour faire la leçon. En fait, on réfléchit à la construction de la leçon. 

[…] C'est des exercices qu'on fait tous ensemble et c'est sur ces exercices là qu'on va comprendre la leçon.

It's good because in fact we are making up the rules, almost.  We're not just given them on a plate.  We have to think to make up the rules.  We construct the rules in fact

[…] It's exercises that we do all together and from these exercises we understand the rules.

C'est bien parce qu'en fait, c'est un peu nous qui faisons la leçon. On ne nous la donne pas comme ça sous les yeux. On réfléchit pour faire la leçon. En fait, on réfléchit à la construction de la leçon. […] C'est des exercices qu'on fait tous ensemble et c'est sur ces exercices là qu'on va comprendre la leçon.

It's good because in fact we are making up the rules, almost.  We're not just given them on a plate.  We have to think to make up the rules.  We construct the rules in fact […] It's exercises that we do all together and from these exercises we understand the rules.

Y a des cours, où on ne participe pas du tout, où on écoute le prof faire le cours et on l'écoute et on écrit. Alors que là c'est plus amusant, plus intéressant, on voit le tableau, on participe tous

ensemble. 

There are lessons where we don't participate at all, where we listen to the teacher give the class, and we listen and we write.  So here it's more fun, more interesting, we see the board and we all work together.

C'est comme un petit jeu en fait. Sur notre feuille, on attend plutôt qu'il y ait la correction sans rien faire, sur le tableau au moins on peut participer et c'est plus marrant que de gratter aussi bêtement dans les autres cours, comme ça on les mémorise mieux. 

It's like a little game in fact.  If we have a worksheet, we just wait for the answers without doing anything, with the board at least we can participate and it's more fun than just dumb copying, and that way we remember better.

On voit les images et tout, donc c'est plus facile.

We see the pictures and everything, so it's easier.

Des fois dans quelques leçons on découvre des mots, avec une image on visualise mieux. Ça nous aide à retenir en fait. 

Sometimes in some lessons we learn new words, and with a picture we visualise better.  It helps us to remember in fact.

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