Seasons: listening comprehensionUploaded by Julie Alexander, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
These special needs primary learners of English in France (age 7-11) are working on an animated story about seasons from the British Council LearnEnglish Kids website. The learners use the pen to turn the pages of the story, listen to the audio and comment in French on what they see. The teacher moves back and forth in the story to check comprehension, then uses the context to discuss general notions related to the topic of winter and animal hibernation (hiberner, to hibernate, la tannire, a den).
Target language: English
Resource language: English
Native language of learners: French
Age range: 8+
Language level: A1 - beginner
Educational context: Primary Education
IWB Features: Interactive objects, Sound, Video
Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB
Language area: Listening/Viewing, Vocabulary
IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite
What's useful about the IWB at this level is that it allows them not only to interact, but at some point, we stop what we are doing. We ask questions. We just stop. And after all it's much more lively, we are interacting all the time. Not with the board, but among ourselves. And that's what's really useful because there, one learner will suggest something, so I'll pick up on it, I say "winter" in English, "you are right, it's winter." And this way we go from English to things which are very concrete for them, but in a different subject area. We go back and forth among all these things. So that's really a great advantage [of the IWB].
[We use the interactive whiteboard] for reading [in French] I like English with the board best. We use the pen more, we do videos.
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