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Spanish learners drag-and-drop vocabulary activity during station work

Uploaded by Graham Stanley, British Council Barcelona (Spain)

Description

This video clip shows a pair of lower secondary level learners playing a vocabulary practice activity/game. The game is on the CD-ROM of the coursebook. In this activity, the learners were given an extended Welsh sentence which had been split up into individual words, verbs and connectives. The children had one minute to work in pairs and re-arrange the words to make the longest Welsh sentence possible using as many of the words as they could. After the minute, the whole class were asked to give the teacher instructions of where to place the words with the teacher dragging and dropping the words for the whole to see. 

details

Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: Spanish

Age range: 10+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Secondary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop

Teaching methods: Station / carousel work

Language area: Vocabulary

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

"As I only teach this class twice a week and am not familiar with this model of IWB (the Smartboard), I decided to start using it with the CD-ROM from the coursebook. The class is an 'offsite one (i.e. after school English class held twice a week, with the external English teacher brought in) and there isn't time for me to get to know how the SMART board works (I am familiar with Promethean IWBs) as I only have access to the classroom ten minutes before the actual class. Using the CD-ROM in this way seemed to be the easiest way to start using it for station work." 

"I was new to station work with the IWB, but I think it worked very well. There are lots of practice activities on the CD-ROM, which are ideal to station work. I think the IWB adds a fun dynamic to using this that would be missing if the learners just accessed it on the computer. You can see the learners are having fun just by looking at their faces."

Learner comments

NOTE: Relevant comments transcribed from learner focus group to be added here.

Other comments

Clip shows learners are engaged and on task, working independently at the IWB using a publisher's CD-ROM. Teacher intervenes only when needed (to check understanding, help with any technical difficulty) and can spend most of her time with other groups working independently. 

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