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Expressing likes/dislikes and abilities: matching images with audio recordings

Uploaded by Julie Alexander, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)

Description

These EFL learners in a first year middle school class (aged 11-12) are working on expressing likes/dislikes and abilities.  One learner clicks on an audio icon to hear a sentence ("Santa likes decorating Christmas trees") then drags the images to match the meaning.  The teacher asks the learner to repeat the sentence using the images as support, and encourages him to replay the audio when needed.

[The teacher is using Sankoré software on an eInstruction (InterWrite) IWB.] 

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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, Sound

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Open Sankore

Teacher comment

I think it's a good example of what they could do.  Yes, listening comprehension.  It's just a sentence.  But the aim is to make them listen to a dialogue, with this kind of example - I think it's an interview with a kid.  How well can you ski?  How well can you....    I"m preparing for that.  This time it's just short sentences, and next time it will be a full dialogue.
[...] I think it's better than if I just say the sentences.  They can play it again.  They can listen again.  And they can do it at home too, because I put this on the ENT [=school intranet], so they can do it at home.
[...]  They can be autonomous.  They can work by themselves. 
[...] And they don't have to speak French - they can associate the sound with the picture. And that's good.
[...] They have sentences, audio recordings.  They need to associate pictures with these sentences, to make a sentence.  That's it.  And then they have to repeat again.

Learner comments

Quand il y a des devoirs on va sur l'ENT, quand on a un doute ou quoi, et que l'on prononce pas bien en anglais on va sur l'ENT. La prof, elle met les musiques sur l'ENT comme ça quand ne sait pas bien, on va là-bas. On va sur l'ENT et on les écoute.
When there's homework we go on the school intranet, when we aren't sure or whatever, or we don't pronounce it right in English we go on the intranet.  The teacher puts music on there, that way when we don't really know [how to say something] we log on and listen to it.

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