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Comparatives and Superlatives of Adjectives - Grammar - Empowering Learners

Uploaded by Sanderin van Hazebrouck, Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg (Germany)


These lower secondary learners are dealing with adjective comparatives and superlatives. The IWB supports the learners by displaying three boys of different size and a box with hidden adjectives. The learners take over the role of the teacher and practise the comparatives and superlatives of the hidden adjectives. The empowerment of the learners is motivating and fosters communication. One learner comes to the front and pulls out a word from the box. The learner then asks the classmates to use the word and compare the three boys on the IWB flipchart.


Target language: English

Resource language: German

Native language of learners: German

Age range: 8+

Language level: A2 - Lower Intermediate

Educational context: Secondary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop, Hide & Reveal, Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB, Roleplay

Language area: Grammar, Speaking

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

This was in the middle of the lesson. Here I started to let them guide their classmates. So in the beginning, I was the master. The IWB is a great tool to let the learners take part in the interaction with the IWB. If I just had my blackboard I have to do that. But this encourages the learner who is the teacher in that moment to work good and also they start to tell other learner that they make mistakes, so this kind of role play. And they love it! And the other thing is that they work with a media that is part of their lives. They have those smart phones. And they use their hands to move things on monitors and displays.  

The IWB helps the teacher to step back and to get out of his role and the learners "make a takeover". On the one hand it is good for the teacher to just lay back and on the other hand it is good for the learners not only to encourage them, but they also love it, they feel good when they are standing in front of the class. So they got a natural way of using the language.

You as a teacher prepare it at home, you do it in class and the learners take the role, but you are pulling the strings. But the learners feel so good in their role.

The role of going in front of the class is changing. We know that from other lessons that the learners think of it as a test.

Learner comments

Interviewer: Was hat euch heute denn besonders gut bei dem Gebrauch von dem Whiteboard gefallen und warum?

What did you enjoy about the use of the IWB in your lesson today? Why?

Schüler 2: Also mir hat gefallen dass ich da wie ein Lehrer stehen durfte und die Kinder aufrufen durfte ein bisschen. Ich durfte da halt mitarbeiten mit diesem Whiteboard, durfte die Wörter da halt so (Schüler 1: hinziehen und so)

Well, I like it that I could stand there like ateacher and call on the other children. I was allowed to work with the whiteboard and drag and drop the words.

Schüler 3: Ich fand es auch gut heute weil unser Lehrer eben auch andere aufgerufen hat und die durften dann an die Tafel gehen. Und ja, ich fand das Thema auch gut. 

I also liked it that the teacher called on other children who were allowed to go to the board. And I liked the content of the lesson.

Schüler 4: Also ich fand es gut dass wir immer an die Tafel gehen durften und dann die Wörter aus den Boxen ziehen durften oder so und dass es dann nicht so langweilig ist sag ich mal, wenn man nur so eine Tafel hat wo man mit der Kreide schreibt.  

I also liked that we were allowed to go to the board and drag and drop the words from the box. It's not as boring as writing on a regular blackboard with chalk. (Comment by the interviewer: This learner did not even go to the board, but still enjoyed that others got the chance.)


Interviewer: How does the IWB help you to learn English?

Schüler 2: Also das ist auch viel einfacher für uns zu lernen weil wir sind ja Kinder, halt. Und Kinder, wir lernen halt besser wenn das halt wie so ein Spiel ist, das macht dann halt Spaß, dann kann man halt besser lernen. Wenn da diese Boxen sind wo man die Wörter dann so wegzieht, das ist dann halt wie so ein Spiel, und dann lernt man automatisch besser. 

Well, it is a lot easier for us to learn, because we are children. And children learn a lot better when it is like a game because then it's fun and then you can learn better. When you have those boxes and you draw out some words then it's like a game, and then you automatically learn better. 

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